Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #114

Welcome to the record-breakingly-belated 114th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (19th-25th April 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. “The Lib Dems: A Party for Lib Dems” on Charlotte Gore’s blog.
“Internally the party does feel dominated by lefties,” reckons Charlotte. Not enough of them yet, reckons Paddy.

2. Leaflet error from Conservatives a real gem on Steve Middleton’s blog.
Steve’s in typo-heaven.

3. Stunning by-election win for Liberal Democrats
on Wycombe Lib Dems’ blog.
Hearty congratulations to newly elected Cllr Steve Guy.

4. Stunning day for the Scottish Liberal Democrats! on Cllr Fraser Macpherson’s blog.
And hearty congratulations, too, to Cllrs Alasdair Christie and Rosemary Bruce.

5. Sir Clement Freud RIP on Sandy Walkington’s Sandy 4 St Albans blog.
Remembering the 1973 Isle of Ely by-election: “From the miles and miles of blue poster boards for the Tory candidate, all the fields, all the cows, all the sheep, all the trees, and all the hedges were voting Conservative as Clement Freud noted in a memorable speech. Fortunately all the people voted for him.”

6. In praise of Caroline Pidgeon AM on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
Community campaigning as it should be done.

7. Liberal Democrat joy, SNP and Tory misery in Scottish Council by-elections
on Caron Lindsay’s Caron’s Musings.
See 4.

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 [email protected] (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. Dinner with John Humphreys on Alix Mortimer’s The People’s Republic of Mortimer blog.
Alix may not have won the Orwell Prize, but for my money she’s the best writer in the political blogsophere. I doff my virtual hat to her.

9. Former Conservative A-List Candidate defects to the Liberal Democrats on Colin Ross’s blog.
A warm welcome to West Worstershire’s new recruit, Beverley Nielsen.

10. Balls, dirty tricks and candidate selection
on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
James dishes it out: “I suspect it will require at least a couple of Parliaments in opposition for [Labour] to start to sort themselves out and become something resembling a proper party again.”

11. “Save the Fat Cat” campaign a warning to Lib Dems on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
“Should the right-wing press ever care enough about us to notice, we should be under no illusion that we’ll face similar attacks, whatever the reality of our plans.”


12. Question Time & This Week
on Jennie Rigg’s The Yorkshire Gob blog.
A pith-taking TV review.

That’s it for another week. Happy blogging.

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