Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #153

Welcome to the 153rd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (17th – 23rd January 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, usually courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

Don’t forget, by the way, you can now sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox – just click here – ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

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

1. Lib Dem PPC resigns over e-mail allegations by Sara Bedford on Lib Dem Voice.
David Jack and the email which should never have been sent.

2. Lib Dem PPC resigns over racist email on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
It’s that man again.

3. Eric Pickles in ageist attack on birkdale focus.
Eric vs Paddy: there’s only one way to settle this …

4. Cowley Street shuts Plymouth Lib Dem branch on Lib Dem Voice.
Time for a round of South West edition of Good News / Bad News. Let’s start with the Bad …

5. Could Cameron cost Tories the West? by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
… and then move onto the Good.

6. Pits n Pots on David Jack on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
Some local colour.

7. Defection: Haringey Labour carelessly loses a Cabinet member
on Matt Davies’s Politics. Spurs. Music. Waffle.
Warly welcoming new Lib Dem councillor Brian Haley.

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 bookmarking website for party members 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 a line to [email protected] (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. The Witnesses Sir John Chilcot Will Not Call on Alistair Carmichael’s Burning My Boats.
“Excellent post about how Parliament behaved over the Iraq war” – submitted by markpack via LibDig.

9. Tories’ codswallop on intruders on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
“The Tories want to overturn centuries of the British legal tradition of fairplay because there’s an election coming up.” – submitted by paulwalteruk via LibDig.

10. The simple statement that shows the stupidity of Cameron’s marriage tax break on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
“Norfolk Blogger goes for his usual low key style…” – submitted by markpack via LibDig.

11. Lembit and the Daily Sport on Peter Black AM’s blog.
“Peter Black rides to Lembit’s defence over his Daily Sport column, in particular this week’s column on UKIP’s burka ban proposal. As Lembit says, “you’d need to be a berk to ban the burka!”” – submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig.

12. Day 3309: Millennium the Poster Boy on Millennium Dome, Elephant’s Very Fluffy Diary.
“No airbrushing. No social engineering. No tax on your first £10k. … not a bad slogan, that.” – submitted by lizw via LibDig.

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading.

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