Top of the Blogs: The Golden Baker’s Dozen #24

Welcome to the 24th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (29th July – 4th August), together with a hand-picked sextet you might otherwise have missed.

Here we go, in descending order of popularity:

1. Tories are frustrated that Linda Jack story hasn’t taken off on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
The media silence following Linda’s criticisms of Ming’s leadership has riled some Tories. Ahh, shame.

2. Ming ‘Over-promoted’? Who promoted him? (again) on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Paul, who placed Ming third in the 2005 leadership contest, urges Lib Dems to get behind the leader… without any daggers.

3. So, how many Lib Dems did the BBC phone to get an anti-Ming quote? on (ahem) Stephen Tall’s A Liberal Goes A Long Way blog.
On the media’s compulsion to obsess about leadership not policy issues. (My final paragraph has come true, unsurprisingly.)

4. David Cameron on Today: How I Long For Yesterday on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
A welcome return to blogging from Alex, with a customarily insightful dissection of Dave’s mis-judged BBC Radio 4 Today Programme interview on Tuesday.

5. Opinion: A Decade On by Duncan Borrowman on Lib Dem Voice.
Duncan reviews his almost-a-decade at the heart of Cowley Street.

6. Havard Hughes – recollections and a touch of regret
on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
Mark’s take on the defection of Havard, his recent rival for the post of regional secretary, to the Tories.

7. Why the Tories are going backwards on Duncan Borrowman’s blog.
I recognise Tony Blair – who’s the other chap?

This is my last blog round-up for a few weeks, so I’ve upped my ‘personal choice’ article quotient to six for one week only:

8. Out Of Sight – In UNAMID
on Paul Evans’ Hot Ginger and Dynamite blog
How economic sanctions on Sudan might prove at least as effective as sending in troops to halt the genocide in Darfur.

9. Ah bless, wasn’t I young and pink back then? on Pink Dog’s blog.
A double treat: an archive photo AND a readable blog design.

10. Marriage, civil partnerships and cohabitation
on Tristan Mills’ Liberty Alone.
On why love can’t be tort.

11. Leaning to the Right on Gavin Whenman’s The Whisky Priest
Why are most of the top bloggers right-wing?

12. Gay Rights: a shit writes
on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog! blog.
Vintage Quaequam: “when it comes to gay rights, a vote for the Tories is a vote for a pig in a poke.”

13. Labour fears Boris Johnson
on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
On the concerted campaign by Labour to play the race card against Boris, and why it’s partly his fault.

And that’s it from me for a bit… but the Golden Dozen will of course be back.

* Stephen Tall blogs at A Liberal Goes A Long Way.

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