Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #299

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 299th 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 (4-10 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. A Pompey Councillor defects from the Lib Dems to Labour…after just six months! by Neil Monnery on The Rambles of Neil Monnery.
Neil questions Aiden Gray’s reasons.

2. Jimmy Savile’s brother was a Liberal parliamentary candidate by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan discovers Johnnie Savile stood in Battersea North in 1974.

3. On the importance of proper GOTV training by Edis Bevan on MKNE political information.
Edis wonders whether Mitt Romney’s pollling day software cost him the election.

4. Does this picture not say it all? by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Why, Mitt, you’re looking a little flat today…

5. John Stewart rips into Fox! by Radar on iRadar.
“Yes! This was the historic 2012 election between Scientific Gobbledegook, or as we call it: Arithmetic, and Belief. And Belief wasn’t going down without a fight.”

6. David Dimbleby keeps it in the family by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
“Should the BBC still be relying upon the hereditary principle?” asks Jonathan.

7. What Nick told Harriet at PMQs today by Stephen Tall on The Collected Stephen Tall.
Nick Clegg’s denouncement of Labour’s record is a must-read.

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. I’m a Celebrity – So my Constituents can go Hang for a few Weeks…. by Linda Jack on Lindylooz Muze.
“Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned,” says Linda, “but I thought the job of the MP was to reach out to their constituents – not half the known universe?”

9. Lib Dem Michael Moore – the saviour of the UK by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
Meet Westminster’s answer to James Bond.

10. “How STV resembles the Grand National” – or “Why Prateek Buch deserves his FPC place” on Mark Thompson’s blog.
“It’s all very well having a breadth of support, but you have to stay in the race long enough for them to count!”

11. The US election -why does the world hate the Republicans? by Matthew Green on Thinking Liberal.
“Democrats get credit for trying a bit harder to understand to understand and respect the rest of the world. “

12. Everyday life under independence – Part 1. A new passport by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“This got me thinking… Bob and I have to renew our passports by May next year, before the referendum. If Scotland votes yes, then we’ll only get 3 years’ use out of them.”

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

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