Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #448

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 448th 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 (24-30 January, 2016), 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. Lib Dems to leave Great George Street by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Plans approved to turn the offices into flats.

2. Of course Ed Miliband was the main reason Labour didn’t win the election by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
Miliband was “weak and weird” and has led to the march of the Corbynistas.

3.  Electoral Commission asks Tories to explain £14000 Ramsgate hotel bills by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Staff costs don’t count, but is that fair?

4. Rochdale Liberal Democrats question Simon Danczuk’s expenses by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Do the Rochdale MP’s claims for his dependents actually stack up?

5. Are the EU Leave campaigns in real trouble? by Nick Tyrone on NickTyorne.com.
No room for complacency, but there’s a mess on the Leave side, says Nick.

6. Why I am against All Women Shortlists (again): A brief post tossed off in my lunch break by Jennie Rigg on Ginuary.
Jennie isn’t happy with the proposals to Conference.

7. How should Liverpool’s elected politicians fund their election campaigns? by Richard Kemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
Richard sets out his principles and calls into question his opponent’s, the incumbent Liverpool Mayor.

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 voice@libdemvoice.org. You can also contact us via Twitter, where we’re @libdemvoice

8.  The five political sins of Middle England by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
And why it matters.

9. Why Northern Ireland’s position on abortion is incompatible with human rights by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
Stephen wants to see the 1967 Act implemented in Northern Ireland.

10. Lib Dems launch campaign to reverse universal credit cuts by Jenni Hollis on Jenni Hollis.
But would Labour step up?

11. The Journey – a poem #HoloaustMemorialDay by Cen Phillips on Liberal Thoughts.
A poem.

12. When is a bonus not a bonus? by Graeme Cowie on Predictable Paradox.
A detailed analysis of the financial challenges Scotland would face if independent – our economy would have to how faster than India or China just to stand still.

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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