Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #163

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 163rd weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (28th March – 3rd April, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

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

1. Vince’s Gift: A Lib Dem Poll Lift on The Futility Monster.
A self-fulfilling April Fool celebrating Vince’s star turn on Ask the Chancellors.

2. Aberdeen South Conservative candidate Mark Jones quits on Andrew Reeves’ Running blog.
The Tories can’t win there, y’know.

3. Lib Dem Voice: Just ridiculous on John’s Liberal Revolution.
Oh, we’re such wags.

4. Ask the Chancellors: the post-match analysis
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Rounding up Vince’s win.

5. Ask the Chancellors: live blog by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
Rounding up Vince’s win … as it happened.

6. Ask the Chancellors – my verdict on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons.
Have I mentioned yet that Vince won?

7. The best of the April Fool’s front pages on Lisa Harding’s Spiderplant Land.
Including the Grauniad’s fab Step Outside, Posh Boy ad.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are chosen using the LibDig bookmarking website for party members, the site where you can highlight blog-posts you want to share with your fellow Lib Dems. Remember, though, you’re still more than welcome to nominate for the Golden Dozen 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. Why Gene Hunt became a national hero – and why Labour doesn’t get it on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
“Excellent analysis from Jonathan,” says markpack via Lib Dig.

9. Cameron’s Glasgow South West candidate, Heather MacLeod quits over party’s ‘nest of vipers’ on Andrew Reeves’ Running blog.
“Candidate describes party as “nest of vipers” and quits. Not so modern Conservatism it would seem,” says markpack via LibDig.

10. It Was This Fair, But…. on Stephen Glenn’s Linlithgow Journal.
“Stephen Glenn looks at the promise of New Labour in 1997, what they actually delivered and with Tony Blair entering the election campaign, asks whether the same promises are being made again,” says ssami via LibDig.

11. Lib Dems: Our tax plans are fair and progressive by Danny Alexander on Left Foot Forward.
“Danny Alexander with an excellent rebuttal to the Fabians’ criticism of Lib Dem tax plans on Left Foot Forward,” says MarkThompson via LibDig.

12. Standing down on Mary Reid’s blog.
“Real shame that Mary’s standing down, though promising news that she says it means she’ll have more time for e-democracy matters…” says markpack via LibDig.

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

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