Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #443

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 443rd 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 (6 – 12 December, 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. A liberal day of life – joyful and sad by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
Relief at the Carmichael result, deep sadness at the far-too-early loss of a member of the Lib Dem family.

2. They’re not taking the Carmichael by Dawud Islam on Lib Dem Hame.
Thoughts on the Alistair Carmichael judgement.

3. Liberal Democrats hold Market Harborough Logan ward by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Good news of a solid by-election hold.

4. By-election report 3rd December 2015 by ALDC  on ALDC.
Last week was pretty good on the by-election front too.

5. Ten questions that Eurosceptics must answer about Brexit by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
I think #10 is the most important, but I would, wouldn’t I?

6. Success in Oldham deepens denial among Labour left by Matthew Green on Thinking Liberal.
Matthew argues that the real winners of Oldham are the Conservatives.

7.  Charles Kennedy: A tragic flaw – newly updated by Greg Hurst by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
The biography has been updated since Charles’ death. What does Mark make of it?

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. 75th birthday of a liberal stalwart by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace.
Many happy returns to Chris Foote-Wood.

9. Executive unchecked by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
So, the Government comes up with rubbish policies and the Lords is unelected so there’s a problem of legitimacy if they want to change Government policy. How do we square that circle?

10. Terrorism on the tube?  by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal.
What’s the wisest solution to the Leytonstone tube incident?

11. Behind the Whitehall curtains by Peter Black on Peter Black.
An insight into government featuring Nick Harvey and Jeremy Browne

12. Trump, Sanders and the US Republic by Martin Veart on Martin’s View.
What could Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders possibly have in common? Authenticity.

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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