Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #416

Welcome back to the Golden Dozen after its extended break over the election campaign. This is our 416th 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 (17-23 May, 2015), 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. What went wrong with Liberal Democrat polling and key seat intelligence? by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Making sense of the various sorts of data and what we need to look about for the future.

2. Farron floats major rebranding of Lib Dems by Mark Pack  on Mark Pack.
Is this a good idea when rebranding itself has a bad name?

3. Andy Burnham’s Observer interview demonstrates why he’d be a terrible Labour leader by Nick Tyrone on Nick
Not a jump to the left, but a step to the right.

4. The liberal in “liberal centre” is not silent: a reply to the estimable David Boyle by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall .
Stephen outlines some transformative economic ideas from the liberal centre.

5. The Economist is right. Liberalism is winning which could be bad news for us in 2020 by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
What if the Tories don’t revert to type?

6. On the Lib Dem leadership race by Neil Monnery on The Ramblings of Neil Monnery.
Neil looks at the two horses.

7. Ryan Coetzee’s take on what went wrong for the Lib Dems in the General Election by Mark Pack on Mark Pack .
Mark’s analysis of Ryan’s piece.

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 [email protected] You can also contact us via Twitter, where we’re @libdemvoice

8. Rebuilding British Liberalism from the ground up by Chris Rouse on the Grapevine. One of many, many, many new members. But does he forfeit the “Top 10 non-aligned blog” badge?

9. Meeting the new Lib Dems by Lorgy on Explorer Laura.
New members get together in Sheffield

10. On that Ryan Coetzee article by Jennie Rigg on Nothing is more important than my egomania.
On the absence of hope and a positive reason to vote Liberal Democrat

11. What can the Liberal Democrats offer all those new members? by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Ideas, not mindless activism, says Jonathan

12. Um. I really think, with hindsight, we would change our General Election campaign. Wouldn’t we? by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Richard Morris on the four most disagreeable words in Coetzee’s article.

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

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  • Eddie Sammon 24th May '15 - 7:17pm

    Nick Tyrone’s line about Burnham’s new approach to Europe made me laugh:

    “In fact the one thing Burnham talked about in the interview that was in anyway bold was that he wanted Labour to act as a kind of attack dog in regards to David Cameron’s EU renegotiation. Not to keep him honest but – and I swear I’m not making this up – to ensure that the renegotiation is sufficiently right wing.”

    On a serious note: I’m not comfortable with Cameron’s plan to restrict tax credits for EU workers. We shouldn’t have an immigrant tax.

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