Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #320

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 320th 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 (31 March – 6 April, 2013), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

Don’t forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. Next up: the minimum wage on Liberator’s blog.
Concerned by reports the Government might reduce the level of the minimum wage.

2. Whatever the truth over Farage n-word claims, he needs to get UKIP’s house in order by Lester Holloway.
“Cutting [Ukip’s] links with the Far Right would be a good start,” says Lester.

3. An MP that actually cares about her constituents. Definitely a rare breed. by Hannah Claytor.
Praise for Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland.

4. So I’ve Renewed My Lib Dem Membership by Jae Kae on Freedom Is Not The Problem.
“Some of the most intelligent political thinkers I have personal acquaintance tend to be in the Lib Dems.” Aw shucks.

5. Resignation round-up 1 on Liberals Together.
Two more to add to the list.

6. Is Britain a more liberal society? on Liberator’s blog.
On Henry Porter, Nick Clegg and 1970s’ beer.

7. Will UKIP stand more candidates than the Lib Dems in May? by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
“Two years of hollowing out has taken its toll and the collapse in membership means the pool of those able (let alone willing) to stand has been squashed.”

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

8. The Daily Mail front page you will never see by Mark Thompson on Mark Thomspon’s blog.
“We will of course never see a front page like the one above,” says Mark. He’s right.

9. Remember Folks You Saw it here first by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
“So the Tories are celebrating giving back 4 times more than they promised to tax payers.” (Submitted by Stephen Glenn via LibDig.)

10. Is Ed Miliband preparing to junk his promise to cap tuition fees at £6,000? by Stephen Tall.
“Labour [is] readying itself to ditch the first policy commitment that Mr Miliband made as Labour leader 18 months ago: to reduce the maximum fee cap to £6,000.”

11. The Lost Voice of Liberalism by Francesca Montemaggi on Blunt & Disorderly.
“I finally left the Liberal Democrats a few weeks ago, after Nick Clegg’s anti-immigration stance. This has really crossed the line for me.”

12. The Strange Death of Liberal England by Tim Oliver on Libertine.
“The Liberal Democrats must face up to the problems that now surround the question of England’s position within the Union.”

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

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