Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #94

Welcome to the 94th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (30th November – 7th December), together with a hand-picked quintet, mostly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

And just one story accounts for all seven of the top places from the Lib Dem blogs this last week: Nick Clegg’s comments about members of the party’s shadow cabinet, as reported by the Sunday Mirror. As you might imagine, many of the postings were critical of Nick; so, in the interests of balance, can I highlight Lib Dem chief executive Lord (Chris) Rennard’s comment on the LDV thread here.

And now on with the show, starting with most popular post, and working our way down.

1. Shadow cabinet reshuffle leaked – by Nick Clegg? on Lib Dem Voice.
The day before, Nick had been applauding whistleblowers. Then, he inadvertently became one.

2. Clegg: This had better not be true… on Martin Land’s New Model Army blog.
“A truly great leader must value the talents of others. I still hope that Nick Clegg can be a truly great leader.”

3. Arrogant, Careless and Deeply Concerning; Nick Clegg attacks members of his own shadow cabinet! The Party Deserves an Apology on Andrew Lewin’s Current Vision blog.
“Nick Clegg should apologise to our party, reassert his faith in the MP’s concerned and allow us all to move on.”

4. Re: Nick Clegg in the Mirror: In Which I Press the Self- Destruct Button on Jennie Rigg’s The Yorksher Gob blog.
“Fail, Glorious Leader. Epic fail.” Jennie fence-sits.

5. Clegg puts his foot in it…
on Darrell Goodliffe’s Moments of Clarity blog.
“it’s not exactly going to lend much weight to our claim to be a credible government is it when our leader doesn’t think half the people in his leadership are up to the job”.

6. That Nick Clegg reshuffle conversation on Anders Hanson’s blog.
“Lib Dems really need to get this in to some sort of perspective. Even if all of this was true, then it must only be a small part of a much longer conversation”

7. Careless talk costs lives on Bernard Salmon’s The Sound of Gunfire blog.
“There’s a basic rule in politics: when you’re talking about things in public, you never know who might be listening.” I guess Nick will have drawn the same conclusion by now.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. And 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 stephen@libdemvoice.org (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. O no! We’re all going to die! on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Café blog.
“Costigan Quist keeps a sense of proportion.” (Submitted by Joe Otten via LibDig).

9. Hundred million pound boost for pensioners on Steve Webb MP’s The Webb Blog.
“Steve Webb wins his long-running battle for female pensioners.” (Submitted by Mark Pack via LibDig).

10. If you’re going to Censor Something, at least do it properly… on Jennie Rigg’s The Yorksher Gob blog.
Nominated by Jennie: “Despite being drunk when I wrote that, I still think it’s important that people know they do not have uncensored access to the internet, and that the censors are completely unaccountable, and have a huge broad brush of ‘potentially illegal’ with which to justify themselves.”

11. The Future on Toby Philpott’s Liberal Legend II blog.
Sad news from Folkestone: “I’ve decided this week to finally quit the Liberal Democrats. Other Parties should not get excited, I’m certainly not coming your way. I am leaving politics completely as I have had enough of waiting for the Party to get its internal house in order.”

12. Saying Good-bye to Neil Trafford on Neil Fawcett’s A Liberal Dose blog.
“I never find funerals easy, but it was good to see so many people that Neil had touched during his far too short but incredibly positive life.”

That’s it for this week. Happy blogging.

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