Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #191

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 191st 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 (10th — 16th October, 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. Is it time for me to leave the Lib Dems?
on Neil Woollcott’s blog.
You’ll be relieved to hear the answer is no.

2. Lib Dem by-election results continue better than polls by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
We’re more than holding our own when it comes to actual votes cast.

3. He’s done it again: Charles Kennedy responds again to my crictism on Neil Woollcott’s blog.
The dialogue continues.

4. Every parliamentary candidate who signed the tuition fees pledge
on Lisa Harding’s Spiderplant Land.
‘Hold them to account and make sure that they dont simply abstain, make sure they vote AGAINST,’ urges Lisa.

5. In Which I Disagree With Nick a Lot on Stephen Glenn’s Liberal Journal.
‘Our Lib Dem MPs should take this on board and do the right thing and vote against allowing the removal of the cap,’ urges Stephen.

6. Clegg on the Today Programme on Jennie Rigg’s miss_s_b.
‘I do not understand why he is supporting this illiberal, unfair and regressive policy.’

7. Tuition Fees – a Caron’s Corkers special – reissued with correct link on Caron Lindsay’s Musings.
‘Readers, please fill MPs’ mailbags and inboxes asking them to vote in accordance with our long held principle of free education,’ urges Caron.

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

8. Do the Liberal Democrats need a radical centre? on Nick Narlow’s What you can get away with.
“Nick Barlow shows how the often-used division of the Lib Dems into “social” and “economic” liberals is simplistic and ignores a substantial group of people in the party. Now we just need to decide what to call them…” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig.)

9. Coalition Government minister still supports Scrap Tuition Fees campaign on Michael Carchrie Campbell’s Gyronny Herald.
“Micheal reminds one our ministers of her maiden speech when she implored ‘honourable members to oppose the measures (tuition and top-up oppose the measures when the time comes) when the time comes’.” (Submited by Stephen Glenn via LibDig.)

10. Andrew Marr on bloggers – socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald on Andrew Reeves’ Running Blog.
“Andrew Marr has got this blogger all wrong!” (Sumitted by andrew.reeves via LibDig.)

11. Some Initial Thoughts on the Browne Review: This Could be a Real Test of Whether We Really ‘Get’ Coalition Politics on Nick Thornsby’s blog.
‘I’ve been surprised … at what some Liberal Democrats have said and written. I really though most of us ‘got’ how coalition politics works … it seems that some of us are happy with compromise until it involves a policy which we hold dear.’

12. The LibDem Domain Name Hack That Never Was on Zoe O’Connell’s Complicity.
Doing the journalism the professional journalists didn’t do.

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

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