Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #271

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 271st 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 (22-28 April, 2012), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, 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. No. 10 admits Clegg right to differentiate Lib Dems from Tories/Labour over cosying-up to Murdoch by Stephen Tall on the Collected Stephen Tall.
Read Nick’s lips…

2. Who are these ‘Special Advisors’ anyway? by Jason Mehmet on It’s Just Jason.
“Who in their right mind would not think that sustained and multiple e-mail contacts on a daily basis would not give rise to suspicion of impropriety, even if there was no impropriety to speak of.”

3. Awkward Ed Miliband moments by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
A rich seam of photos, discovered on Tumblr.

4. Jeremy Hunt deletes tweets and hides behind trees by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
“Two insights into the career of our beleaguered (or possibly embattled) Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.”

5. Is this Nottingham Labour leaflet racist? by Neil Monnery on The Rambles of Neil Monnery.
It’s gutter leafleting, says Neil.

6. The Coalition, UKIP and Jeremy Hunt by Chris Sam on The Ginger Liberal from Medway.
Chris thinks Lib Dems should stay and Hunt should go.

7. David Ruffley MP – rude, arrogant and rather ill-advised? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Select Committees are no place for cheap theatricals, argues Mark.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are normally chosen using the LibDig bookmarking website for party members, the site where you can highlight blog-posts you want to share with your fellow Lib Dems. Remember, though, you’re still more than welcome to nominate for the Golden Dozen a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – using the steam-powered method of e-mail … all you have to do is drop a line to [email protected]

8. FCC’s dramatic vote – who voted against immediate accreditation? by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“Caron has the story of how FCC decided to think again on conference accreditation by just one vote.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig.)

9. LibDem conference accreditation – meeting the FCC by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
“Zoe, Sarah and Adrian from LGBT+LibDems went to talk to the Federal Conference Committee about the problems posed to the Trans community by political conference accreditation.” (Submitted by zoeimogen via LibDig.)

10. The public did *not* reject proportional representation last year: Mark Thompson by Mark Thompson on Mark Thompson’s blog.
“Nailing a myth from the Tory right.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig.)

11. Why the budget shows good politics for the Lib Dems by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“It may not have been a good budget but it was good politics from the Lib Dems.” (Submitted by MatthewJ via LibDig.)

12. Why NUS & Liberal Youth must work together by Harry Matthews on the Libertine.
“Harry Matthews examines the relationship between our party and the NUS, and how we can move forward together in the future.” (Submitted by cjw500 via LibDig.)

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

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