Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #362

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 362nd 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 (19-, 25 January 2014), 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. I am embarrassed on hehalf of my party by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Whatever you feel about recent events, you will identify with this post, which sums up the agony, the effect on people’s lives, the strong emotions. It fair brought a tear to my eye.

2. Rennard: How is the party going to get through this? by me on Caron’s Musings.
My own view, and a possible path to peace involving understanding of others’ points of view.

3. Lorely Burt’s views on Chris Rennrd by Sam Phripp on So Sam Said.
Updated with her comments after it was written.

4. The problem with Lord Rennard by Chris Sams on The Ginger Liberal from Medway.
Another view of what should happen next.

5. We’re Lib Dems. We need to care a lot more than we seem to about digging out the truth by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
“we look more like we want to conceal our family secrets than achieve justice.”

6. The Chris Rennard affair: the limits of a legal system by Matthew Green on Thinking Liberal.
“We should not confuse right and wrong with the judicial process, and legal advice can cross the boundary into the unethical, and we should disregard it when it does.”

7. My take on Tim Farron on Lord Rennard by Chris Sams on A Ginger Liberal from Medway.
Good that party leadership is acting decisively but it needs to do things right and follow rules properly.

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. Why I can’t jump ship over Rennard by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
Charlotte pledges to fight for a more female-friendly party.

9. WTF is the Regional Parties Committee? by Andy Strange on Andy Strange
The answer to a question posed many times by commenters on Lib Dem Voice this week.

10. The skills they lack? by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal.
An analysis of employers’ complaints that the workforce doesn’t have the right skills.

11. On consent by Jennie Rigg on Depositum Custodi.
How do you establish that the other person is ok with what you would like to do?

12. UKIP has anti LGBT freedom problem and it is far deeper than religious belief by Jae Kay on Freedom is not the Problem.
UKIP’s dilemma

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

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