Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #247

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 247th 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 (6-12 November, 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. My dear wife Glynis by Chris Abbott on Chris and Glynis Abbott.
Deepest condolences, Chris, on Glynis’ passing.

2. The curious case of the Coombe Vale by-election… by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
A double resignation in Kingston Borough.

3. Paddy Ashdown Is Frightened on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
Paddy gave his view of the world, at a London Liberal Democrats’ fundraising dinner.

4. It’s Nick’s aides that need to up their game by Angela Harbutt on Liberal Vision.
We need a plan, says Angela.

5. David Amess MP faces more expenses questions on the Rambles of Neil Monnery.
Neil speculates on the possibility of a Southend West by-election.

6. My first visit to the Lib Dems’ new HQ on Jonathan Wallace’s blog.
Jonathan gives it the thumbs-up.

7. Bisexual Depression by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
Bi women are more likely to get depressed, according to a recent study.

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. Clegg tells Lib Dems to come out from behind the sofa by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
“Jonathan Calder identifies two reasons why the party may have been a little shy over the past year.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig.)

9. Independent research backs Social Liberal Forum: Strong recommendations for Lib Dem economic policy by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“The Social Liberal Forum endorse the Spirit Level and propose policies to promote equality, while those more economic liberals have argued that this is not a good strategy to pursue. So the Rowntree Foundation commissioned an independent review and the results are in, with some serious implications for the party as a result.” (Submitted by MatthewJ via LibDig.)

10. A reflective poem in the spirit of remembrance by Matt McLaren on Wisdom and Power.
“A (hopefully) thought provoking poem about our collective responsibility for war, especially poignant in light of actions in Libya this year and continuing violence in Afghanistan.” (Submitted by mattjmclaren via LibDig.)

11. The night I ‘fell’ for Dr Evan Harris by Lisa Harding on Welcome to Spiderplant Land.
Lisa is swept off her feet. Literally. (Hope you’re feeling better, Lisa.)

12. Buy expensive presents or your kids will hate you! by George W. Potter on The Potter Blogger.
Presence, not presents, argues George.

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

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