Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #231

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 231st 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 (17-23 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. Something fishy is going on in the cabinet as Nick Clegg starts to sense having the upper-hand on The Rambles of Neil Monnery.
Body language speaks volumes for Neil.

2. What if this is as good as it gets for the Lib Dems? on Mark Thompson’s blog.
Mark makes the best of it.

3. Lembit Öpik and the rewriting of history on Peter Black AM’s blog.
On the controversy surrounding Lembit’s manifesto for the London Mayoral candidate selection.

4. Nick Clegg making up lost ground with young voters on The Rambles of Neil Monnery.
On a recent ComRes poll.

5. Latest ICM polling indicates small yellow surge by Richard Clare on A Brief History of Liberty.
Richard checks the stats.

6. Conservatives at all time low since last General Election by Richard Clare on A Brief History of Liberty.
Another post, another poll.

7. Time for Lembit to stand down by Dan Falchikov at Living on words alone.
Dan’s point of view.

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. ESA motion accepted! by George W Potter on The Potter Blogger.
“Please support this important motion. :-)” (Submitted by Albertuk83 via LibDig.)

9. Norman Lamb awarded medal by Royal College of Psychiatrists by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
“Well done Norman.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig.)

10. Can someone ask Quentin Letts or Max Hastings if they know what a loaf of bread costs? by Richard Morris on A View From Ham Common.
“Richard Morris is spot on here calling out the blatant sexism and short sightedness of those who are criticising Nick Clegg for spending too much time with his kids.” (Submitted by MarkThompson via LibDig.)

11. The world’s media has learned nothing from Hackgate in the case of Oslo by Lisa Harding on Welcome to Spiderplant Land.
“Spiderplant Land wonders why the media promtply lapsed into kneejerk assumptions about who was behind the terrorist attacks in Norway. Evidently having journalistic methods under the microscope because of the phone hacking scandal doesn’t necessarily improve journalism…” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig.)

12. Oh, go on then. Here’s the comedy photo of Rupert Murdoch this afternoon. It doesn’t involve a pie. by Richard Morris on A View From Ham Common.

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

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