Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #287

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 287th 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 (12-18 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. Cabinet Reshuffle Rumours. David Laws back to Government but not Cabinet? by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
The sails are spinning furiously at Richard’s Rumour Mill.

2. Is this the long promised Scots Tory breakaway? by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
On the new Scottish Progressive Party.

3. Fellow Bloggers: you don’t think we’re wasting our time do you? by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Richard wonders why Lib Dem bloggers don’t promote the party more.

4. There is something worth trading for Boundary Changes by Adam Bell on Decline of the Logos.
i.e. fixing the economy, starting by replacing George Osborne with “one of our own”.

5. Never mind accreditation, it’s the motions that are making Lib Dem conference illiberal by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
Charlotte starts a debate of her own in the comments thread.

6. The Lib Dem most liked by the Tories…and yet by his own party?… by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Paul wonders what next for David Laws.

7. My daughter’s Twitter “reign of terror” by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
Caron let Anna take over her Twitter account for a night.

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. How would the media and public react if Nick Clegg quit do spend more time with his family? by Neil Monnery on The Rambles of Neil Monnery.
“Neil considers what would happen if Nick Clegg quit to spend more time with his family…” (Submitted by LouiseShaw via LibDig.)

9. Scrap compulsory school sport – but not PE by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
“Indian Dance is exactly the sort of thing we should be getting kids to do. Give people enough of a sampling of different activities that don’t involve having a ball kicked at their head and they’re more likely to find something they like and will carry on with in later life.”

10. Why Assange Lost My Support on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
Jonathan says Bradley Manning is more deserving of a campaign for his release.

11. They Are Still The Nasty Party on Chris Jerrey’s blog.
“How would you feel if your MP described you as “among the worst idlers in the world”?”

12. My favourite Peter Cook sketch: the Thorpe trial summing-up on Stephen Tall’s blog.
“Perhaps Peter Cook‘s finest hour: his impersonation of Mr Justice Cantley summing up the 1979 Jeremy Thorpe trial, with its epic pay-off line to the jury: You are now to retire (as indeed should I) carefully to consider your verdict of not guilty.”

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

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