Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #229

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 229th 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 (3-9 July, 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. A dangerous developing Tory narrative designed to make Lib Dems extinct: Lib Dems need to be aware and take action by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
Matthew with a reminder of why Liberalism and Conservatism are not the same thing.

2. Doing Politics Differently? Let’s see… by Linda Jack on Lindylooz Muze.
Linda writes to Lib Dem MPs asking for an amendment to the Finance Bill.

3. Top ten Lib Dem chat up lines! by George W Potter on The Potter Blogger.
Real men do it with a Good Morning.

4. Meet the Bedford Labour Councillor the Luton Labour Party want to throw off the Police Authority by Andy Strange on Strange Thoughts.
Uncomradely behaviour in Bedfordshire.

5. Guido Fawkes told us the attack on Murdoch was “bound to fail” by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan calls Guido out on phone hacking.

6. Nick Clegg and Rupert Murdoch on Peter Black’s blog.
Peter lets David Yelland do the explaining.

7. “Hello self-righteous moral high ground, we’re the Lib Dems, remember us?” by Charlotte Henry on Virtually Naked.
Charlotte reminds that the Lib Dems have never courted News International.

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. Hate, Actually… by Olly Grender at the New Statesman.
“Olly Grender doesn’t forgive the NOTW for what it’s done – but suggests that a hate filled response to their actions means the same old merry go round will continue spinning. What’s needed a is a calm, measured response…” (Submitted by Richard Morris via LibDig.)

9. Rebekah Brooks: All-knowing and unknowing by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
“Paul looks at two contradictory statements from Rebekah Brooks about just how much she knows about the News of the World affair.” (Submitted by Stephen Glenn via LibDig.)

10. Reagan ’84 – ‘It’s morning in America again’. The greatest political ad ever made? by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Commmon.
“The unveiling of the Reagan Statue in Grosvenor Square is a decent excuse to re examine what many regard as the greatest piece of political commercial writing” (Submitted by Richard Morris via LibDig.)

11. Jenny Jones AM changes her tune on phone hacking (sort of) by Charlotte Henry on Virtually Naked.
“All a bit ‘too little, too late’ from jenny Jones of the Green Party” (Submitted by Richard Morris via LibDig.)

12. A Parrott in the Welsh Assembly! by Mark Cole on A Life Inside & Outside of Politics.
Introducing Eluned Parrott, the Welsh Assembly’s newest member.

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

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