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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

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 15,800 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

 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

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 17100  visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

 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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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

7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 19,100 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

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

    7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 13,600 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

     Jo Swinson attacks gender stereotyping of toys and is attacked by Jeremy Browne (90 comments) by Caron Lindsay

    What does Alex Salmond think he’s playing at? (31 comments) by Caron Lindsay

    The polls in 2014: what they show with 133 days left til 7 May 2015 (27 comments) by Stephen Tall

    Study shows that voters in Liberal Democrat seats trust their MPs more (41 comments) by The Voice

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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 3)

    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…

    Clegg opposes ban on halal and kosher slaughter; now we need to hear his reasons – Nick Thornsby | Thu 6th March 2014

    This issue is a classic liberal dilemma, requiring us to consider competing rights: on the one hand the right of animals not to be caused unnecessary pain and of society to impose regulations to ensure this; on the other the right of religious observants to cause pain to animals that, on their interpretation, religious texts require.

    Given

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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 2)

    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…

    Time for Nick Clegg to ditch the “Great Britain not Little England” line – Stephen Tall | Sun 30th March 2014

    I realise that what Nick Clegg refers to as ‘Little England’ is a catch-all term for the right’s “inward-looking and defensive agenda”. But, to many voters listening, it will more likely appear that their identity is simply being belittled by one of those Westminster elite politicians they feel so detached from. It’s the kind of language that fuels

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    The 12 most-read LDV posts of 2014 (Day 1)

    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…

    Newark by-election: Tories win well, Ukip falls short, Labour dips, Lib Dems collapse – Stephen Tall | Fri 6th June 2014

    And then there’s the Lib Dems… It was another dire night, to cap a dire fortnight. We didn’t just lose our deposit, we came sixth. Our vote collapsed. Four years ago, 10,246 Newark voters marked a ‘X’ beside the Lib Dem box. Yesterday, just 1,004 did so. In contrast to the Tories, not a single Lib Dem MP

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

    7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 13990 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

    Lib Dem MPs were right not to play Labour’s silly games over the Bedroom Tax (57 comments) by Caron Lindsay

    Our worst nightmare? Peter Kellner’s scenario 3: “Lib Dems choose who’s the PM”  (49 comments) by Stephen Tall

    Vince speaks out against “devastating and ideologically driven” Tory spending cuts plan (56 comments) by The Voice

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

    7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 15600  visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

     Reasons to be careful about new analysis suggesting Lib Dems “set to lose several more seats than national polls with uniform swing would predict” (77 comments) by Stephen Tall

    Game on in Gordon! Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine has to defend seat against former First Minister Salmond (25 comments) by Caron Lindsay

    Clegg’s letter to Burnham: “you may have inadvertently misled” Commons on Labour’s NHS privatisation record (31 comments) by The Voice

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

    7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 16,600  visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

    Abusive site Wings over Scotland is embedded into the Scottish Government and Yes movement: Willie Rennie proves what we knew already (62 comments) by Caron Lindsay

    And it’s goodbye from me as Lib Dem Voice co-editor (37 comments) by Stephen Tall

    What is going on with the Liberal Democrat Media Strategy? (26 comments) by Caron Lindsay

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    And it’s good-bye from me as LibDemVoice Co-Editor…

    Today marks the countdown to my final day as Co-Editor of LibDemVoice. I guess I could say the past seven years and seven months have flown by, but actually it seems like a long, long time since I started here. Tony Blair was prime minister, Ming Campbell was Lib Dem leader, and I was still a councillor.

    I think I officially took over as Editor (from the site’s co-founder Rob Fenwick) on 31st May, 2007, though I’d started the Golden Dozen round-up of the best of the Lib Dem blogs a few months earlier.

    A couple of years later, …

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

    7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 17,200 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

    Opinion: Taxing stuff: What George Monbiot got wrong (41 comments) by Max Trueman (an oldie from 2011)

    Alex Folkes: Cornwall Council and its Chief Executive have serious questions to answer (25 comments) by Stephen Tall

    The “nowcast” for 2015 which gives the Lib Dems 28 MPs (78 comments) by Stephen Tall

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    Should Liberal Democrat Voice put up a post if and when a blogger leaves the party?

    charlotte henryIn a spasm of madness a few weeks ago, from their conclavial confinement, the Liberal Democrat Voice team saw fit to emit a puff of white smoke in favour of myself, concerning the vexed matter of who would be Wednesday Editor of this august and elegantly barnacle-clad ship of the cyber-seas.

    In the course of my duties last Wednesday, my not-very sophisticated news gathering antennae became aware of the news that Charlotte Henry had left the party. Newsmoggie kindly published a post concerning that. An interesting comments debate ensued under said post and it was one of our most popular offerings for this week.

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

    7 ver 4 fullMany thanks to the 17,000 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

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    What’s being debated in our members’ forum this week?

    members forum wordleLibDemVoice has two parallel sites. The first is our public blog, the thing you’re reading now. The second is our private members’ forum, which only current Lib Dem members can access.

    If you’re a member and want to chat with fellow party members about any issue that’s on your mind, then why not sign up? In addition, you’ll be included in our regular surveys’ of party members’ views.

    Here’s some of the most active discussions this past 7 days:

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