Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #278

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 278th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (10-16 June, 2012), 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. Tony Greaves is right… by Dan Falchikov on Living on Words Alone.
On Tony Greaves’ Liberator article, Leaders on a different planet.

2. More evidence today that Zac Goldsmith may be going to leave the Tories by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
“On the issue of the third runway he says ‘IN THIS AREA [Richmond Park] I wouldn’t stand as a Conservative on that manifesto'”

3. Why the Liberal Democrats were right on Jeremy Hunt by Liam Quinn on Blue Liberalism.
Liam says Lib Dem MPs’ abstention was the right decision for the country.

4. Charles Walker: I’m massively impressed on Mark Pack’s blog.
The Conservative MP made a brave speech this week about his mental health issues.

5. A new life in the Liberal Democrats by Liam Quinn on Blue Liberalism.
“Being a Liberal Democrat can be a tonne of fun!” Liam counts the ways…

6. I can’t stand it by David Grace on Disgruntled Radical.
David says the Lib Dems’ abstention on whether to refer Jeremy Hunt has made him reconsider his party membership.

7. BBC bans promotion of Martha Payne’s ‘Just Giving’ page from her ‘Never Seconds’ Blog by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
The BBC told Richard: “Unfortunately we are unable to post messages that solicit money from other users, even if for a charity. The only exception to this rule is the BBC sponsored Children In Need.”

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are normally 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]

8. ‘They’ve all gone, and we’re back…’ the Bishops show their true colours on gay equality by Matt McLaren on Wisdom and Power.
“Ruminations on the progressive credentials of our established Church (with a slight dash of humour)…” (Submitted by mattjmclaren via LibDig.)

9. David Penhaligon and being a Liberal in a nutshell by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
“We could afford to win.”

10. Wanted: the next generation of community champions by Sean Davey on The Libertine.
“London Liberal Youth are piloting a program designed to do exactly this and get young people running local campaigns, building skills and practicing community politics”

11. CCDP First impressions: A bill with too few safeguards by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
“It still needs a little more scrutiny. I notice they’ve slipped in powers to allow snooping to collect unpaid fines and taxes, but I forget if that’s still in RIPA. No doubt as people pour over this more, we’ll get better and better breakdowns of what it all means.”

12. 169 days to help Julian Huppert protect the internet from the prying eyes of the state by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“These next five months are important for civil liberties. Let’s demolish the nasties in this Bill clause by clause and end up with something workable and sensible which guarantees civil liberties – or nothing at all.”

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

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