Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #295

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 295th 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 (7-13 October, 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. Lib Dems and Lewisham byelection on Lester Holloway’s blog.
Cllr Holloway suggests reasons for the lost of the Whitefoot seat this week.

2. I am worried about Evan Harris by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
On Evan’s participation in Channel 4’s Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial.

3. Look carefully and this is actually rather good news for Liberal Democrats on Mark Pack’s blog.
The Conservatives are said to only be targeting around 10 Liberal Democrat seats.

4. Why there will never again be a Tory Government by Richard Kemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
Richard looks at some figures.

5. How to re-recruit lapsed members or donors on Mark Pack’s blog.
Advocate, Activate, then Ask.

6. David Howarth speaking up for the majority by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
“The bulk of the party would identify themselves as Social Liberals,” says Iain.

7. Arguments against ending housing benefit for under 25s by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan quotes Tim Leunig’s article from the Guardian.

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. Questions for FCC and FPC candidates on Jennie Rigg’s blog.
Essential reading for voting reps: Jennie questions all the candidates she can find email addresses for, and appeals for the rest to get in touch.

9. Simple Socials to Boost Motivation on Jazz Hands Serious Business.
“Social events in Manchester are getting members more motivated to campaign. Read here for top tips!” (Submitted by dave.page via LibDig.)

10. Knowledge is Power by Sophie Bridger on Scottish Women Lib Dems.
“Sophie Bridger on the shooting of a young girl by the Taliban in Pakistan and wider issues about education for girls.” (Submitted by Caron via LibDig.)

11. What single power is it my priority to repatriate from Europe? on Matt J. McLaren’s blog.
“Matt J. McLaren in response to Adam Bell’s astute question posted on the Decline of Logos…” (Submitted by mattjmclaren via LibDig.)

12. Making sick jokes should not be a criminal offence by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
“In a liberal democracy the state is not there to bolster the will of the majority – it is there to protect the minority – however unpopular and however moronic.”

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

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