Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #156

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, as we enter our (scary, but true) fourth year … Yes, this is the 156th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (7th – 13th February 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. FT: Tories face “tough battle” to oust Chris Huhne in Eastleigh
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Few pick a fight with Chris and win.

2. The 14 non-Lib Dem MPs who backed the Single Transferable Vote
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Only 249 more MPs to convince, and we’ll get a majority for STV.

3. +++ Exclusive general election prediction: too close to call
by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
The academic analysis which suggest Labour might remain the largest party in the Commons.

4. In Praise of Jenny Tonge on Linda Jack’s Lindylooz Muze.
“Frankly, in my view, Nick has totally over reacted, which is disappointing given his unblemished and brave record of standing up to the Israeli lobby.”

5. Clegg sacks Jenny Tonge on Lib Dem Voice.
And a vigorous comments thread ensues …

6. Majority of Lib Dem members expect party to make general election gains by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
52% of you are in bullish mood.

7. Green Blogger Joins Lib Dems on Stephen Glenn’s Linlithgow Journal.
A warm Valentine’s welcome to Kristofer Keane.

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. STV is beautiful on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
“We all know it’s fair and gives voters most choice, but James shows how STV is pretty too.” (Submitted by caron via LibDig).

9. The Politics of Showering on Stephen Glenn’s Linlithgow Journal.
“Stephen shares his locker room experiences in the light of a typically bigoted e-mail from US homophobes.” (Submitted by caron via LibDig).

10. Senior SNP Glasgow Councillor Alex Dingwall defects to the Liberal Democrats on Andrew Reeves’ Running Blog.
“SNP wheels are coming off as a senior councillor defects to the Lib Dems.” (Submitted by andrew.reeves via LibDig).

11. Lies, damned lies and Tory mis-stating of opinion polls on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing blog.
“Sara Bedford, highlighting an important omission by ConHome when reporting on Lab-Con marginals.” (Submitted by MarkThompson via LibDig).

12. Robin Hood Tax? Beware the men in tights by James Graham on the Social Liberal Forum blog.
“The Social Liberal Forum blog is back, with an excellent post explaining why the proposed financial transaction tax is a bad idea from a liberal perspective. (Oh, and a funny title!)” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig).

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

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5 Comments

  • Anthony Aloysius St 14th Feb '10 - 7:43pm

    “5. Clegg sacks Jenny Tonge on Lib Dem Voice.
    And a vigorous comments thread ensues …”

    And why are you not allowing any discussion of that post again?

  • Anthony Aloysius St 14th Feb '10 - 8:17pm

    It’s just that the original reason was that the discussion was going round in circles – which seemed a bit of a thin reason to ban discussion of a subject that a lot of people were obviously keen to discuss.

  • “libellous obscenities”

    Yes, a very long period of silence from Jenny Tonge would be wonderful. After all, she has been given rather more than a “reasonable airing” by the party.

    You can catch up with her latest moaning about Jews on Press TV, the English language propaganda arm of the repressive regime in Tehran.

  • Anthony Aloysius St 14th Feb '10 - 10:00pm

    “You can catch up with her latest moaning about Jews on Press TV, the English language propaganda arm of the repressive regime in Tehran.

    Interesting to hear her say, about her 2004 statement about suicide bombers:
    I don’t think I had any intention whatsoever to promote acts of terror.”

    My, that’s reassuring.

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