Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #397

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 397th 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 (-, 2014), together with a hand-picked quintet, 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. Resignation as a Cabinet member by Alex Folkes on A Lanson Boy.
Alex on stepping down from the Cabinet of Cornwall Council.

2. An undecided voter muses over the Party Presidency by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Mark looks at the options.

3. The amazing story of how Norman Baker became a Minister by Charlotte Henry on Charlotte Henry.
Was it a case of mistaken identity?

4. You Gov founder: Don’t write off the Liberal Democrats by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Almost 1 in 5 would give us a chance in the future.

5. A Tribute to Stuart McCready by Mark Mills on Matter of Facts Blog.
A heartfelt tribute to a much-loved Liberal Democrat Councillor.

6.  The current fragmenting of British politics might end up benefitting the Lib Dems by Nick Tyrone on
It could help us hold on to more seats, argues Nick.

7. Norman Baker quits as a Minister in dispute with Tories by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
What will his resignation achieve?

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. To nominate a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s, all you have to do is drop a line to You can also contact us via Twitter, where we’re @libdemvoice

8. Facebook is the go-to site for Assembly members by Peter Black on Peter Black.
And, rightly so, argues Peter. It helps in interacting with constituents. Take that, Taxpayers’ Alliance. (Submitted by Peter via Twitter)

9. My thoughts on and questions for Presidential candidates by Linda Jack on Lindylooz Muse.
As it says on the tin.

10. Can Peter Robinson please define bonkers? by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
There’s something about taking a log out of your own eye, isn’t there?

11. #SaveEd by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
What should the Labour leader and Labour party do?

12. KGV: the principal and the governors must not be allowed to sit out the storm by Iain Brodie Brown  on Birkdale Focus.
A shocking OFSTED report for a local school highlights concerns that had been raised with Governors without action. They shouldn’t get away with it, says Iain.

And don’t forget Jennie Rigg’s Federal Elections questionnaire to all candidates

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

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