Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #222

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 222nd 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 (15-21 May, 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. 3 ways to restore Nicks popularity. One he should do, one he won’t, one that will turn your stomach but would work overnight. by Richard Morris on A View From Ham Common.
A man, a ball, and Jennie Rigg (in no particular order).

2. If Huhne goes, who can replace him? by Charlotte Henry on Virtually Naked.
Fancy a game of Fantasy Cabinet, Charlotte?

3. The Curious Case of Chris Huhne by Paul Hurst on Liberal is Not a Dirty Word.
Paul reserves judgment.

4. Why David Laws should NOT return to government by Nich Starling on Norfolk Blogger.
Nich says it would be unhelpful.

5. What is the point of Liberal Youth?! by Andrew Emmerson on Yellow Bastard.
Andrew wants wider and deeper involvement.

6. The Lib Dems should make a new coalition of shared beliefs and reach out to the 4th largest party in Westminster by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
Matthew suggests we go to the Co-op.

7. Labour MPs: Pray you outlive Gerald Kaufman by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
On a painful political epitaph.

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 helen@libdemvoice.org.

8. The Press Complaints Commission versus the Daily Telegraph by Andrew Reeves on Andrew Reeves’ Running Blog.
“Andrew, in supporting the Press Complaints Commission ruling against the Telegraph, gives us an insight to MPs’ surgeries.” (Submitted by caron via LibDig.)

9. First John Redwood and now Ken Clarke: on the Classification of Rape on Jennie Rigg’s blog.
“Jennie Rigg points out that the worst part of being a rape victim is the psychological impact, and that this means that “date rape” will often be worse for the victim than “stranger rape”. A must read.” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig.)

10. Ken Clarke – a trial by modern social media from The Rambles of Neil Monnery .
“Superb summary of the ridiculous furore over the clumsy Clarke interview on rape.” (Submitted by paulwalteruk via LibDig.)

11. Why Lib Dems feel they are locked in a brightly lit interrogation room by Olly Grender at the New Statesman.
“From throwing stones in opposition to building foundations in government – Olly plots the bumps in the road.” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig.)

12. Dear Confused Chris Bryant by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
“Helping Labour’s Chris Bryant not to be enslaved by ignorance over the civil partnership in religious buildings proposals.” (Submitted by Stephen Glenn via LibDig.)

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

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