Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #208

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 208th 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 (6th-12th February, 2011), 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. Labour and me….sitting on the bed not clambering into it! by Linda Jack on Lindylooz Muze.
Linda keeps both feet on the floor.

2. Matthew Oakeshott is right, Nick Clegg is wrong by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan on the importance of steam-letting.

3. Dear Nick, The Lib Dems are more than the sum of their Front Bench by Linda Jack on Lindylooz Muze.
From the front bench to the front line.

4. So why has the BBC banned the term “electoral reform” ? by Angela Harbutt on Liberal Vision.
“Why is it that a term such as “electoral reform” causes such offence to the BBC but all other Government reform is OK?” writes Angela.

5. Doesn’t this sum up the puerile nonsense of the Guido Fawkes’ blog? by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
“Or is it some sort of self-parody?”, asks Paul.

6. Guido Fawkes really is a f***ing prick by George Potter on the Potter Blogger.
George isn’t a fan either.

7. Monbiot’s tax take and the embedding of plutocracy: an urgent concern for Liberal Democrats by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
Alex writes of a political watershed.

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. Matthew Oakeshott: some calm reflection the morning after by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“Caron is justifiably furious with the way Lord Oakeshot has been treated by the party and quite rightly reminds the leadership that Liberal Democrat party policy is decided by the voting reps at conference and not George Osborne.” (Submitted by cjmillsnun via LibDig.)

9. Why it is wrong to stop all prisoners from voting by Stephen Williams MP on Stephen Williams’ blog.
“A defence not just of complying with European Law but also of the core principle that it is wrong to exclude a whole class of people from voting.” (Submitted by oneexwidow via LibDig.)

10. Egypt: Put not your trust in princes…in whom there is no help on Jock Coats’ blog.
“Jock Coats picks up on the grassroots organisation of protest and neighbourhood watches in Egypt to make the case for a refreshingly “bottom up” view of democracy and government. A thought-provoking read.” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig.)

11. Lib Dems speaking their minds by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
“Lib Dems are speaking their minds more – Lord Oakeshott yesterday, 71 Council leaders and local party leaders in The Times today. Isn’t this generally a good thing in the era of ‘grown up politics’?” (Submitted by Richard Morris via LibDig.)

12. What Does That Letter Actually Say? on Nick Thornsby’s blog.
“A reproduction and analysis of that letter to The Times from Lib Dem councillors” (Submitted by oneexwidow via LibDig.)

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

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