Hilary Benn delivered his third speech to the NFU Conference on Tuesday (23 Feb) during which he claimed that the government’s approach to farming had changed after listening to farmers.
But does the language used in his most recent speech reflect a change?
Farmers Weekly has run the speeches from 2008, 2009 and 2010 through a programme called Wordle to identify the 25 words which appeared most often.
The results suggest that Mr Benn may indeed have changed some of his views in the past 12 months.
The speeches from 2008 and 2009 produced virtually identical word clouds (see below).
But the latest speech features the words ‘British’ and ‘
Interestingly, the other word that appears repeatedly in the most recent speech is ‘need’.
Farmers will be hoping that this is a signal that the government realises that it ‘needs’ farmers after all.