Catchup, 14th December

Welcome to weekly catchup – in the week Lib Dem Voice did two amazing new things: published a book and hosted a live webchat with a member of the Lib Dem shadow cabinet.

You can read the transcript of the webchat here and this link will give you lots of posts about The Tangerine Book, including sneak peeks at the cover artwork and the index, as well as links to lulu.com where you can buy a copy for yourself.

It was also the week when we covered the news that Lord Jacobs had quit the party and Kirsty Williams had won the leadership of the party in Wales.

Aside from all that excitement, it’s been a good week for our Op Ed strand of writing, with Darrell Goodliffe kicking the week off with a piece entitled Secularise Education, which generated a healthy debate and stayed the top of our most-read chart for days.

David Howarth MP graced these pages on Thursday with a well-argued piece calling for reform of party political funding.

John Ward started a valuable debate with many long contributions in the comments with his piece Dare to be Fair.

Other threads generating a lot of debate this week included our weekly (term-time) visit to PMQs and our weekly open thread around Question Time. And of course our old favourite Lembit Opik got a new job this week.

Elsewhere on the site, we opened the nominations for the LDV 2008 Awards – asking for your suggestions on Lib Dem lists and Non-Lib Dem lists, ready for a mass STV vote Smörgåsbord during the festive period.

Our regulars this week: Mark Pack gave us several posts about Brian Coleman, in the light of his ill-judged remarks about Lynne Featherstone’s boiler this week; Stephen Tall asked Dave what his credible plan might be, and asked the rest of us where Lib Dem priorities should be following our success in the private member bill ballot. He also sent us to look at an online exhibition of three key elections in the 20th century.

Finally, if you missed the moving memorial service for Neil Trafford, you can catch it online here.

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