Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 474th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the five most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (19-25 March, 2017), together with a hand-picked seven 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. Could Galloway win Manchester Gorton? Could the Lib Dems win it? by Nick Tyrone on nicktyrone.com.
Does Nick think Labour should be crying into their beer yet? I suspect he under-estimates their capacity to screw it up in Gorton.
2. Don’t call an early election. The Lib Dems will beat us, say Conservative MPs by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Some Tories are worried.
3. More gains for the Lib Dems in council by-elections by LD Neath on Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats.
Good news on the bar chart.
4. A remarkable Liberal Democrat gain and the Uncle books by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Our new ward has a claim to fame.
5. Awesome Lib Dem by-election gain by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
An analysis of last Thursday’s by-elections.
And now to the seven 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
6. What I did at Lib Dem Conference by Jennie Rigg Part One on THAT’s not what you said in the Jeffries tube.
On various types of Conference subversive sub-culture.
7. What I did at Lib Dem Conference by Jennie Rigg aged 39 and a quarter (Part 2) on THAT’s not what you said in the Jeffries tube.
The veil is lifted on the mysterious process of deciding who gets called in Conference debates.
8. Review: My country: a work in progress by Dani Tougher on More than Nothing.
An account of the new production at the National Theatre
9. General Elections, Article 50 and dates by Helen Belcher on Challenging Journeys (Phase 2).
An election on a Saturday? How it could happen.
10. Superdragons vs Sutton Primary Schools by Jayne McCoy on Diary of a Sutton Councillor.
The life of a councillor is never dull.
11. What I did on my holidays by Andrew Hickey aged 38 and 5/12 on Head of State.
Andrew was pleasantly surprised by Conference – with the Newbies, and, to his surprise as much as anyone’s I think, Nick Clegg being singled out for praise.
12. Westminster atrocity by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal.
Peter describes his “embarrassment and disquiet” at some of the media coverage.
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