Top of the Blogs: The Golden (Baker’s) Dozen #116

Welcome to the 116th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (3rd-9th May 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, mostly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down.

1. What must happen for the Lib Dems to overtake Labour?
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Three things, says I.

2. European Elections – London on Colin Ross’s blog.
The scores on the Euro doors: “The Conservatives will top the poll again, this time by more than 38,000 votes. Labour will stay second and the Liberal Democrats third (expect the gap between the top to reduce significantly).”

3. Prater Raines Needs Competition
on Charlotte Gore’s blog. The Lib Dems’ main off-the-peg websites don’t cut the virtual mustard, says Charlotte. Tim Prater responds here.

4. More LibDem (and one Tory) expense claims
on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Just to prove MPs aren’t all obsessed with claiming thousands of pounds at a time – sometimes a plain ole Corby trouser press is all that’s needed to bring a smile to their bank accounts faces.

5. What does 4th June hold for the Lib Dems? by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Second in the locals (fingers crossed), not so much in the Euros, says I.

6. Taking the lead on exspenses on Darrell Goodliffe’s Moments of Clarity blog.
“The opportunity exists for Clegg to make it clear that we won’t accept expenses abuse from our own MP’s by introducing binding guidelines for Liberal Democrat MP’s.”

7. News from Sheffield and Ashfield by Alex Foster on Lib Dem Voice.
Lib Dem action from north of the Trent.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. As is now traditional we’re using the LibDig widget to select some of the posts from the seven days in question which you’ve most ‘dug’. But, remember, if you want to highlight a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – using the steam-powered method of e-mail all you have to do is drop me a line at (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. Child abuse by the authorities on David Boyle’s The Real Blog.
‘Tricky subject, a punchy post. David Boyle challenges the “emerging atmosphere of witch-hunt created by the child abuse industry” and labels it a “new tyranny”.’ (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig).

9. Cameron’s Call For Change – Throw Out Those Tories! on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
“Excellent destruction of Cameron’s election call.” (Submitted by niles via LibDig).

10. Labour: where can it go from here? on Joe Otten’s Extra Bold blog.
“Thought-provoking piece from Joe Otten on Labour’s central problem.” (Submitted by lizw via LibDig).

11. Why I Need to Still Go To Church
on Stephen Glenn’s Linlithgow Journal.
“A searingly honest and dignified personal account.” (Submitted by paulwalteruk via LibDig).

12. How Hypocritical can you get? The Daily Mail tests previous perceptions… on Northants’ Liberal Youth blog.
“Of course, nobody would accuse the Daily Mail of hypocrisy, sympathising with Andrew Sachs after the media horribly published photos of his granddaughter in a variety of lewd poses constantly. That damn media.” (Submitted by, ahem, bumcheekcity via LibDig).

13. Twelve months is a long time in politics… on Amy Kitcher’s Liberal Light blog.
“A look back over the last twelve months in Merthyr council, by one of the newly elected Lib Dem team.” (Submitted by amy_k via LibDig).

That’s it for another week. Happy blogging.

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