Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #327

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 327th 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 (19-25 May, 2013), 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. More on the alleged forged UKIP   nomination paper in Norfolk by Mark Pack on Mark Pack .
Did a newly elected UKIP Councillor sign his own papers?

2. Disappointed with Tim Farron and Naomi Long? I’m not. by Michael Carchrie Campbell  on Gyronny Herald.
Not voting isn’t the same as abstention.

3. The Liberal Democrats won Harborough in the County elections  by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Good news from the East Midlands.

4. The SNP tries to have its cake and eat it by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
The Nationalists pretend that independence doesn’t mean complete separation from the rest of the UK. Actually, it does.

5. In praise of Cllr Erica Kemp by Richard Kemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?.
A lovely tribute to a wife’s success – and the need to become acquainted with a line in the yard.

6. Equal marriage: when is a Lib Dem not a Lib Dem by Sam Phripp on So Sam said.
The last paragraph shows who needs to develop tolerance.

7. The real legacy of Margaret Thatcher by Simon Titley on Liberator’s Blog.
Beyond the hagiography and “ding dong” negativity, some serious analysis of Thatcher’s deeds has emerged.

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 This week’s selection comes with a great deal of help from Love and Liberty’s Alex Wilcock.

8. In response to Simon Hughes by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
“A thoughtful exposure of  the mass of contradictions in Simon Hughes’ attack on religious freedom and equality.” (Submitted by Alex)

9. Some of us have been waiting for today for a very long time by Jae Kay on Freedom is not the problem.
“Equal marriage’s most tireless champion thanks those standing up for marriage, points out where the bill falls short, and urges us not to relax – next: the House of Tebbit.” (Submitted by Alex.)

10. Equal marriage: five thank yous by Jennie Rigg on Jennie Rigg .
. (Submitted by xxx via LibDig.)

11. The four freedoms of liberalism  by Gavin Hamilton on The View from the Hills.
“Looking again at Franklin Roosevelt’s famous speech from January 1941.”. (Submitted by Alex.)

12.The real lessons from the 2010 coalition negotiations  by Mark Thompson on Mark Thompson’s Blog .
“Only one figure seems to come out eager, but clueless. Guess which.  (Submitted by Alex.)

And one more from me, posted on the night of the Woolwich murder. We probably all have friends who posted things that made us feel a bit uncomfortable in the aftermath of the horrible events in Woolwich. This is what I posted as an antidote to that stuff. It’s from Martin Veart’s Martin’s View, and is entitled Woolwich Killing: Who is the real target?

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

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* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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