Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #298

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 298th 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 (28 October-3 November, 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. Nick: If you happen to see Philip Hammond, do show him this by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
“The nuclear deterrent: whom does it deter?”

2. My heart attack by Matthew Green on Thinking Liberal.
Matthew’s powerful account of his heart attack just can’t resist giving his verdict on the NHS. He’s thankful. And so are we.

3. Same-Sex Relationships: 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy by Andrew McFarland Campbell on Faith and Pride.
Excerpts from Andrew’s talk to the Accepting Sexuality group.

4. The Ginger Liberal from Medway by Chris Sams on The Ginger Liberal from Medway.
“Unless you treat the root with education and address underlaying poverty then this is a beast that not even Saint George can slay,” says Chris.

5. Shenfield by-election on Dec 6 – a legit shot for a Lib Dem gain by Neil Monnery on The Rambles of Neil Monnery.
Liz Cohen is a strong contender, says Neil.

6. Where do the Federal Executive candidates stand on conference accreditation? on Mark Pack’s blog.
Andy Hinton puts FE candidates on the spot.

7. Excellent move by Lib Dem HQ on Mark Pack’s blog.
On Nick Clegg’s new Letter from the Leader.

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. Say No to Beecroft and reclaim Employee Ownership by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
Comment from leading campaigner urging Lib Dems to act over Osborne’s toxification of idea of Employee Ownership (Submitted by iainbb via LibDig.)

9. Tickled Pinkneys… by Craig Whittall on Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors.
Congratulations to new Lib Dem Councillor Simon Werner, who won by eight votes in Pinkneys Green, Windsor and Maidenhead.

10. Hasn’t David Gauke got a point on Mark Thompson’s blog.
Means-testing universal benefits isn’t “fiscal nimbyism”, says Mark.

11. Black History Month: Far from token on Lester Holloway’s blog.
“Africa is the cradle of civilisation origins of humanity, and that means it is all our histories if we go back far enough.”

12. Upbeat Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference braves nationalist abuse by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“If that’s the way independence campaigners are going to behave, then, frankly, it’s not going their cause any good.”

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

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