Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #286

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 286th 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 (5-11 August, 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. And with that, I think the Lib Dems and I may be over by Jae Kay on Neue Politik.
Disillusionment over Lords Reform.

2. Boundary Changes: Cameron is a man with a plan by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
On Cameron’s intention to press on with boundary changes.

3. The Lib Dems may need to leave the government to stop the boundary changes on Mark Thompson’s blog.
It’s maths, says Mark.

4. Day 4236: Lords, Losers, Liars and Louise by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
“Great Britain is NOT Broken. But it IS POISONED. And we won’t get better until we address the SOURCE of the poison.”

5. Lords Reform: The facts won’t go away by Paul Tyler on Lords of the Blog.
“The demise of the Coalition Bill does not alter the situation. All three parties promised reform in their manifestos. Its provisions were not “a nonsense”, or “ill-considered” and did not deserve such epithets. The Bill had been very carefully worked out, across the parties over more than a decade, following a century of debate.”

6. Does the Lords reform debacle make a coupon election more likely? on Mark Thompson’s blog.
On balance, Mark reckons probably not.

7. Are the new constituency boundaries dead and buried? on Peter Black AM’s blog.
The Liberal Democrats are pressing ahead with candidate selection under current boundaries.

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. The death of a dream… by Matt J. McLaren on Wisdom and Power.
“Matt J. McLaren’s take on the Lords Reform debacle and what it ultimately all means…” (Submitted by mattjmclaren via LibDig.)

9. Lib Dem factions: the Orange Bookers by George Potter on The Potter Blogger.
George describes them as “essentially a mix of libertarians and Gladstonian liberals” and takes a guess at the faction’s size.

10. Willie Rennie was right: Alex Salmond did panda to China over Dalai Lama by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“So, now we know. Willie Rennie was right all along. Scotland’s First Minister didn’t put up any sort of a fight when China sent the boys round to talk about the Dalai Lama.”

11. Treasure is for boys, fluff for girls – in the 21st century? by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
On two different sets of word magnets being marketed to boys and girls: “What on earth would be wrong with one packet of magnetic words with all those fun things that just said “Kids’ Talk”? Then they could choose for themselves what they were interested in!”

12. Oh bugger, is that what it is really like? on Mark Pack’s blog.
“In saving the Lords, the Conservatives paid a significant electoral cost and, despite all the warnings that this was going to happen, they seem only to have realised quite what it meant after it was too late to change their minds.”

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

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