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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 30,300 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

Liberal Democrat Manifesto – detailed costings published (12 comments) by Paul Walter

Poll sensation for Jo Swinson (54 comments) by Caron Lindsay

That’s not how we used to do politics in the Highlands: SNP candidate takes supporters on aggressive visit to Charles Kennedy’s office (40 comments) by Caron Lindsay

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

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Candid, competent Clegg puts in good performance in debate that fails to break the poll deadlock (127 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats can be very proud of themselves (164 comments) by Paul Walter

38 Degrees get it badly wrong on Lib Dem funding for NHS but don’t do nearly enough to put it right (44 comments) by Caron Lindsay

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Liberal Democrat Voice comments policy upgrade

crotpa20002Following the dissolution of Parliament on Monday, today the terms of the Representation of the People Acts come into force. To comply with those terms, Liberal Democrat Voice is upgrading its comments policy forthwith. The enhanced policy can be read here. There will be a brief, almost indiscernible, pause in comments today while essential technical adjustments are transacted.

From now until election day, as per advice in the ALDC Election Law Handbook and in the Agents Manual, all comments by a parliamentary candidate, or by anyone who has campaigned (including telephone canvassing)  for a parliamentary candidate, should contain the correct imprint for that candidate. If a commenter has campaigned for more than one candidate then s/he should provide a separate imprint for each one.

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the  17,700 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

We’re heading for a minority Labour government supported by the SNP (101 comments) by Paul Walter

The attacks on Tim Farron need to stop – Vince Cable should know better (50 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Is David Steel right about the Lib Dem attitude to a future coalition (70 comments) by Caron Lindsay

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 16,300  visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

Clegg: I’ll take Cameron’s place and defend government’s record if he’s too important to take part in the debates (146 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Ashcroft polls predict SNP gains – including Bob Smith and Charles Kennedy’s seats – but don’t panic yet (60 comments) by Caron Lindsay

What’s your funniest canvassing story? (64 comments) by Caron Lindsay

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the  visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

Pauline Pearce seeks Liberal Democrat nomination in Hitchin (0 comments) by The Voice

Willie Rennie MSP writes…You wouldn’t put UKIP in charge of the EU, so you wouldn’t put the SNP in charge of the UK (22 comments) by The Voice

Opinion: Liberal Democrats should support abolishing the monarchy and it’s the right time to do so (59 comments) by David Faggiani

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

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The Times: The Lib Dems are “great survivors” (51 comments) by The Voice

The Independent View: Commons must debate Medical Innovations Bill before election (59 comments) by Dominic Nutt

Guardian’s coverage of Lib Dem election campaign accentuates the negative (52 comments) by Caron Lindsay

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

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Lib Dem spin doctor feels “disenfranchised” (44 comments) by The Voice

Liberal Democrats publish their General Election manifesto front page (59 comments) by The Voice

Nick Harvey: ‘If you think we are going to spend another five years being shafted (this time) by Labour, you’ve got another think coming’ (113 comments) by Paul Wlalter

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Happy hump day and Happy Birthday to Denis Skinner MP

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

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Oops! 15 Scottish Ashcroft polls published early by mistake (82 comments) by Paul Walter

LibLink: Vince Cable – Why is Labour planning changes to tuition fees that benefit higher earning graduates before lower earners? (189 comments) by Paul Walter

Electoral forecast puts Lib Dems on 48 seats (43 comments) by The Voice

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Happy hump day and happy birthday to Alice Cooper who is 67 years old today.

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 16,800  visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

Surely it’s time for the Liberal Democrats to part company with Alex Carlile (100 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Clegg on The Last Leg – first thoughts (14 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Open Doors: All 3 versions of the first Lib Dem broadcast of the year (71 comments) by The Voice

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Happy hump day*!

We have two cheery photos for this morning.

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

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 The Greens: The Lib Dem fightback begins (178 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Britain’s greenest party, the Green Party and environmentalism (99 comments) by Simon Oliver

The Green Party: should we be panicking? (22 comments) by Paul Walter

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Good morning and welcome to Wednesday on Liberal Democrat Voice!

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

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 Could we have a better leader? (57 comments) by Stephen Phillips

The Greens: the Lib Dem fightback begins (74 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Êtes-vous Charlie? (133 comments) by The Voice

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How you can help Liberal Democrat Voice

The Voice is only a success because of the interest and support from our readers. For many people just lurking and reading the site is all they want to do – and that’s fine, we’re grateful for people taking the time to read the site.

You can though help us continue to produce interesting content for a growing audience. Here are four simple ways:

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Our next post will be for new and infrequent commenters

Last Wednesday, we ran an experiment. We reserved the comments thread on one post for new and infrequent commenters.

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

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Êtes-vous Charlie? (100 comments) by The Voice

Ming Campbell’s response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings worries me (95 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Could there be a National Government by the end of the year (42 comments) by Sally Pearson

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A very good morning from your Wednesday editor.

Our cheery morning photo (above) shows Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer. Many congratulations to them both on their forthcoming marriage, the plan for which became public yesterday.

We’re going to try something a bit different today.

As an experiment, comments on the next post, to follow in ten minutes’ time, will be moderated and reserved for new and infrequent commenters on this site.

“Infrequent” is defined as having posted less than five comments in the last month.

We have 40 posts a week where our frequent commenters have more than enough space to express their views. We welcome those views but we’d like to try giving a little breathing space especially to people who haven’t commented here before or have done so only a little recently.

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The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 12)

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The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 11)

Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, we’re bringing you the 12 most-read posts on this site of 2014. Here’s today’s offering…

Not everything you read on the internet about UKIP and Nigel Farage is true – Caron Lindsay | Tue 20th May 2014

There is no need to make stuff up about Farage and UKIP – there’s more than enough crazy stuff out there that is directly attributable to them. This has always been the way. Five years ago, just before the European election, I wrote about how they are really bad news. I could have written the same things today:

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 10,400 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

The General Election year is here. Let’s make it a good one (100 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Craig Murray rejected by SNP as parliamentary candidate for saying he would defy whip to vote against Bedroom Tax  (37 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Nick Clegg’s New Year Message 2015: a year of hope and optimism for all (33 comments) by The Voice

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The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 10)

Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, we’re bringing you the 12 most-read posts on this site of 2014. Here’s today’s offering…

The Economist’s political map of the UK: the north/south divide revealed – Stephen Tall | Sun 21st April 2013

Four points:

  • The Economist map only shows results under first-past-the-post: it therefore exaggerates the extent of support for both Labour and the Conservatives.
  • The map nonetheless highlights the retreat of the Tories from the north and Labour from the south. This is dangerous for both parties, as there is a likely spiral effect, with each becoming more remote from the concerns of the
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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 9)

    Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, we’re bringing you the 12 most-read posts on this site of 2014. Here’s today’s offering…

    We should support Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz in the face of death threats – Stephen Tall | Tue 21st January 2014

    The Archbishop Cranmer blog has a good account of Maajid’s motivations:

    The fact that the BBC chose to censor a T-shirt depicting this cartoon rather upset Muslim Maajid Nawaz, who was a guest on the show. He proceeded to tweet out the image to his followers with the message: “This is not offensive & I’m sure God

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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 8)

    Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, we’re bringing you the 12 most-read posts on this site of 2014. Here’s today’s offering…

    Politics is losing people, especially young people – what do we do about it? – Andy Boddington | Tue 10th September 2013

    This is not just a question of one generation being more interested in politics than those that came after it. A detailed look at the data shows three effects. Firstly, people across all age groups have become less politically aligned – again in the sense of “I’m a Tory” – and less interested in politics in recent years

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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 7)

    Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, we’re bringing you the 12 most-read posts on this site of 2014. Here’s today’s offering…

    Ukip examined: who they are, what they stand for, and what it all means for British politics – Stephen Tall | Mon 28th April 2014

    There is one off-note in Revolt on the Right. Ford and Goodwin dismiss the 1980s’ insurgence of the ‘radical centre’ when the SDP, albeit briefly, looked poised to win the popular vote: “in the end the SDP fell flat, barely denting the mould on the party system they had set out to break”. Except,

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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 6)

    Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, we’re bringing you the 12 most-read posts on this site of 2014. Here’s today’s offering…

    Opinion: Why I was persuaded to back LibDems4Change – George Potter | Sat 24th May 2014

    … I’m now backing LibDems4Change and have signed their open letter calling for a leadership contest. I’m not naïve. I don’t think electing a new leader would mean a clean break. I don’t think it will magically win us back loads of lost votes. But a new leader won’t start with the same trust deficit that Nick Clegg has. A new leader will be

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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 5)

    Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, we’re bringing you the 12 most-read posts on this site of 2014. Here’s today’s offering…

    Opinion: Why changing leader now WILL save the party in 2015 and beyond – Jonathan Pile | Tue 24th June 2014

    Could ditching Clegg this summer really help the party? Absolutely Yes. It would signal that we have listened to the voters – a fundamental requirement for a party that calls itself democratic. A new leader – be it Vince Cable, Tim Farron or anyone else known by the public to have agonised with the choices forced on

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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 4)

    Throughout the 12 days of Christmas, we’re bringing you the 12 most-read posts on this site of 2014. Here’s today’s offering…

    Rochester & Strood by-election: Ukip win, Lib Dems lose 11th deposit – Stephen Tall | Fri 21st November 2014

    For the Lib Dems… well, we’ve been here before, haven’t we? Ten times before, to be precise: that’s the number of lost deposits we’ve racked up so far. At £500 a pop it’s one other way the Lib Dems are slowly helping to slow down the spiralling national debt.

    We were never serious players in this by-election. Everyone knew it,

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