Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #38

Welcome to the 38th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (4th – 10th November), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

It’s no surprise that the Clegg-Huhne leadership race is dominating the blogs. It’s perhaps also not surprising that those postings which focus on the more negative aspects of the campaign are the ones garnering the most attention. And so it is this week:

1. Take it down, Chris on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog! blog.
An endorsement of Chris Huhne – which took an unfair sideswipe at his rival – published on Chris’s campaign website caused a bit of a stir. The offending remark was quickly removed.

2. Huhne’s campaign turns negative on Anders Hanson’s blog.
Is Chris being fair by continuing to suggest Nick supports school vouchers: the debate rages.

3. Made my mind up on Ryan Cullen’s Hapless Band of Staff and Regulars blog.
A textbook example of how to boost your blog ratings.

4. Clegg wins BBC Five Live Speed Dating
on David Nikel’s The Golden Side of the Moon blog.
Nick won over 4/4 5Live listeners; but what about the 70,000 Lib Dem members?

5. Nick Clegg, what have you sacrificed?
on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Is Nick playing a defensive game? If so, is it a good enough defensive game?

6. Doubts About Clegg
on Charlotte Gore’s blog.
“Clegg is ‘confounding expectations’ by running a surprisingly uncontroversial campaign when the mood of the party seems to be a lot more ambitious and willing to consider exploring new territory.” So says one of his biggest supporters.

7. Chris Huhne – SHAME ON YOU! on Linda Jack’s Lindyloo’s Muze blog.
Never knowingly understated… Finishing where we started: see 1., above.

And here’s another five well worth a read (if you haven’t already):

8. The problem with liberal economics: educate me
by Rob Knight on the Liberal Review blog.
“… economic liberalism is something that is often derided as ‘a bit right-wing’, referred to disapprovingly as little more than warmed-up Thatcherism. Personally, I can’t understand why.”

9. Leadership Election: Would now be a good time to ask what happened to peace, love and understanding? on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
Well, probably better now than after 17th December. And better late than never.

10. The real face of Toryism?
on Peter Black AM’s blog.
Nigel Hastilow invokes the spirit of Enoch Powell; Gordon Brown campaigns on ‘British jobs for British workers’: “my concern remains that much of the language of politics still encourages racism.”

11. Al Yamamah: excellent news from the courts on Lynne Featherstone MP’s Parliament and Haringey Diary blog.
Some of the best, and most significant, news of the week.

12. Win a copy of the Taking Liberties DVD on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
An offer too good to refuse: all you have to do is answer five simple questions, and e-mail Jonathan your answers before 16th November.

And that’s it for another week. Til next time, happy blogging…

* Stephen Tall is remaining resolutely neutral until the 17th December.

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