Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #367

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 367th 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 (23 February – 1 March, 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. The real reason why David Cameron is saying no to a second coalition? I’d say money by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Who is the only guy rich enough to fight a second election?

2. Leadership runners and riders, 1984 style by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Mark is making his way through a pile of old Liberators with very interesting results. Plus ca change, basically.

3. Harriet Harman, the NCCL and PIE  by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
A look back at some of the ideas on this that were going around in the 1970s. Chilling.

4. Never a man to let a fund-raising idea go to waste, @a_c_mcgregor wants me to wear a dress. Again. by Jennie Rigg on Story by Michael Maltese.
A plot to get Jennie out of her comfort zone is more than half way to its target. Do join in.

5. It’s a battlefield out there by Michael Gradwell on Politics for Novices.
Ok, so 70% of seats don’t change hands, but the underdog can triumph says Michael.

6. Nationalist outrage as Labour’s Lamont says “We are not genetically programmed in Scotland to make political decisions” but they miss out the important bit by me on Caron’s Musings.
The fundamental difference between what the Scottish Labour leader said and what the Nationalists said she said.

7. Where is 38 Degrees now there’s work to be done? by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
.They could be leading a drive to get the big noney out of politics.

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 voice@libdemvoice.org.

8. The Estonian state of mind by Cicero  on Cicero’s Songs.
When something goes wrong in the world I want to find out what two people are saying. One is Paddy, and the other is Cicero. This is a typically thoughtful statement of hope that Ukraine might follow the Estonian example. It was written before the events of this weekend, though, but we can still hope.

9. Labour’s move to one member one vote and why I wish them well  by Mark Valladares  on A View from Creeting St Peter.
Reflections on why political parties change their structures.

10. Two Ugandas by Graeme Littlejohn on Think, it’s free.
There are progressive people in Uganda, and they need to find their voice says Graeme, who has just come back from a year working in the country.

11. This generation is getting better at marriage, well timed for me by Louise Shaw on From one of a jilted generation.
Some thoughts on how marriage has changed and how it will continue to develop, as she’s about to enter into the institution.

12. Wake of the flood by Mark Smulian on Liberator’s Blog.
A preview of the commentary from the forthcoming issue of the party’s favourite subversive magazine. How do we avoid further flood damage in the future? Well, stopping building much needed homes on floodplains might help. Should we move building to the Greenbelt?

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

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