Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 255th 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 (1-7 January, 2012), 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. Exclusive poll data: where have the lost Liberal Democrat voters gone? on Mark Pack’s blog.
Oh Mark, you tease.
2. We liberals have our myths too by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
3. My most commented post on New Statesman ever. And what comments. Blimey by Richard Morris on a View from Ham Common.
This is what you get for horseplay, Richard.
4. Nick Clegg, Mark Pack and Chocolate – all in 5 minutes on the Today Programme by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
Caron critiques the DPM’s appearance on Thursday’s Radio 4 Today programme.
5. Listen very carefully, I will say this only 529 times: David Cameron can NOT call an election by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Paul points to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.
6. Have we all been complicit in collective naiveté? Lib Dems have underestimated Tory politicking and missed the real political narrative by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
Beware Tory stealth attacks, says Matthew.
7. Is Euro realism breaking out in the Liberal Democrats? by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
“Support for co-operation at a European level need not decay into uncritical support for the current structures and policies of the European Union. Liberal Democrats should be known for demanding reform in Europe – as we do everywhere else.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Political storytellers to watch in 2012 (1): Barack Obama seeks re-election by Neil Stockley.
“Perceptive, as ever, here’s Neil’s guide to the possible incumbent narrative of 2012.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig.)
9. Tories don’t do social mobility. Would Labour? by Lester Holloway.
“Sutton councillor Lester Holloway says Nick Clegg’s Demo speech about an open society can only be achieved in partnership with Labour.” (Submitted by Lester via LibDig.)
10. A new year – time to take stock: What Opinion Polls teach us from being in Government and what it says we should do in 2012 by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“So what have we learnt from the highs and lows of opinion polls since being in Government and what does it say we need to do in 2012” (Submitted by MatthewJ via LibDig.)
11. Diane Abbott: what’s race got to do with it? by James Graham on Quaequam Blog!
“James Graham hits nail on head” (Submitted by niles via LibDig.)
12. Diane Abbott. You can’t generalise about people’s views according to their skin colour. by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
“Richard Morris makes some very good point about why what Diane Abbott said is unacceptable.” (Submitted by GeorgeWPotter via LibDig.)
And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading ‘n’ nominating.
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