Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #453

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 453rd 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 (27 March – 2 April, 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.  Why #libdemfightback has to go and why community politics won’t work by Bramley 1994 on LY Libertine.
A rather harsh assessment of our progress since last year.

2. Sunday Post poll shows up to 23% of “grey voters” back the Lib Dems by Dawud Islam on LibDemHame.
Good news – especially as this group of voters is very likely to turn out to vote.

3. There are really only 2 candidates in the Liverpool mayoral election by Richard Kemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
It’s either Richard or Labour. Nobody else can win.

4. Timetable for English parliamentary boundary review published by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
The final recommendations won’t be published till September 2018.

5. Liberator on the Gurling Review by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Did you know the history of the Radical Bulletin?

6. When an agony aunt is remarkably direct with a male correspondent by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Coverage of Mariella Fostrup’s brilliant response to a very self-indulgent man.

7. The real problem for Corbyn is that he’s mostly Ed Miliband revisited, just even less competent and electorally appealing by Nick Tyrone on
“Ed Balls with a Stalinist veneer” made me giggle.

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. In politics, plaudits without power are worth nothing by Daisy Benson on England is the home of lost ideas.
Thoughts for the future:

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”  said Kierkegaard. Food for thought for Lib Dems.

9. Inspired to empower by Dave Page on Jazz hands, serious business.
On how long-time members can inspire new members. (Submitted by Holly and Jennie via Twitter.)

10. The time for talk is over on Tata Steel by Peter Black on Peter Black.
Peter’s thoughts on what should happen next – starting with the recall of the Assembly. (Submitted by Peter via Twitter)

11. UKIP hoist by their own petard by Peter Black on Peter Black .
Technically, I suppose, this should be next week, but it’s too ironically funny to leave till then. (Submitted by Jennie via Twitter.)

12. How data is changing the way we fight elections  by Ben Rathe on The Gripes of Rathe.
Its role in targeting voters will be the deciding factor in who wins and who loses, says Ben.

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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