David Cameron’s first speech as Prime Minister compared to Gordon Brown’s resignation speech

The word “government” was the most frequently used word in David Cameron’s first speech as Prime Minster, below, surprising for a politican who campaigned so hard to cut down the size of government. (I quickly Wordled* David Cameron’s first speech as Prime Minster.)

Gordon Brown’s resignation speech, however, was dominated by the word “country” rather than “society” or “community” as you might have expected.

Is this apparent reversal of roles a sign of the “new politics”? What do you think?

UPDATE: Interesting Tweet by @danbarker pointing out that “the verbs equally interesting”.

* A Wordle is a word cloud, a visual representation of the prominence of words in any speech or article. The bigger the word in the wordle, the more it was used by the speaker or writer.

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About John Welsh

John Welsh has spent his entire working life in business-to-business media, first traditional publishing, having edited three magazines over 14 years, and, second, exhibitions since 2007. He started this blog on 22 June 2008 and ended it on 18 May 2010.
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One Response to David Cameron’s first speech as Prime Minister compared to Gordon Brown’s resignation speech

  1. tillybud says:

    TBH, DC’s ‘country’ looks bigger than GB’s to me; it’s just lighter.

    I also think it’s natural that DC’s ‘gvt’ is bigger because he’s had to negotiate to get it and it is bound to be on his mind, don’t you think?

    This was an interesting approach to the speeches; I like it 🙂 Do you do this sort of thing often?

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