Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 311th 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 (27 January - 2 February, 2013), 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. The Conservatives’ defeat on boundaries is entirely their own fault by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England .
David Cameron lacked the courage to take on his own party, says Jonathan.
2. Boundary opposition is a strategic mistake by the Lib Dems by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
Dan says we should have stuck with Chartist principles.
3. Schooling Nick Clegg’s son: Nick and Stephen are both wrong by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
The Lib Dem Voice team have voiced their differing opinions over young Clegg’s education.
4. Labour’s southern extinction by Rich Clare on A brief history of liberty.
A pie chart with an awful lot of blue on it and not very much red.
5. New parliamentarians – who’s got your vote? by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Rumours abound of new Lib Dem members of the House of Lords.
6. If you are going to leave a political party….by Carl Minns on A liberal view from Hull.
There’s trouble afoot in the Socialist Workers’ Party.
7. Jerry Hayes on Conservative back benches by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England .
Jonathan spots an interesting blog by a former Tory MP describing the current Parliamentary Party.
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.A good week for Norman Baker by Rob Parsons on A comfortable place.
But concern that nobody can hold a Government to account quite like Norman can.
9. Oneupmanship and hypocrisy by Mark Thompson on Mark Thompson’s blog.
“Excellent post and the first comment illustrates Mark’s point succinctly. (Submitted by Andrew via LibDig.)
10. Jo’s reply to Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader today by Jo Shaw on Lib Dems against secret courts.
“History will not forgive our party or indeed this parliament if it becomes law.”
11. The comic genius of Eric Pickles by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
“Councils should ‘stop treating residents with contempt’, because that’s clearly the role of Pickles and the DCLG, not councils.”
12. In which I agree with the Conservatives by Andrew Brown on The Widow’s World.
And on boundaries, too.
And now for a little extra. Jennie Rigg has written an open letter to the editors of Liberal Democrat Voice. I thought it might be worth us all, editors and readers alike, going off and reading the articles she refers to. Do you agree with her or can you suggest other ways of making the comments threads on here a more positive and inclusive space? I’m sure we’ll come back to this at a later time, but I thought it was worth trying to get some initial reaction. If you don’t comment on here, why not? If you do, what do you get out of it?
And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading ‘n’ nominating.
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* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings