LDV’s 2015 Best: our 7 most-read articles this year

7 bestMany thanks to the 675 000 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice between 1 January and 27 December 2015. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

The night of the long sgian dubhs (79 comments) by Charles Kennedy

It was emotional enough reading this at the time, but even more so now that we know it was the last article he was to write for us.

The Lib Dem Voice election night live blog (291 comments) by the Lib Dem Voice team.

Not going to lie, this is a tough one to read. It’s the first time I’ve actually gone through it since the horror of that night and my stomach is churning.

My thoughts fairly on into the night as we realised that the Tories were heading for victory:

I’ve said all along that there was a risk of a Tory majoirity. Blukip could be a reality on these results. This really feels like 1992 all over again – although the Tory right wingers then were cuddly teddy bears compared to the worst of them now.

And so it transpired that they were.

Breaking: Willie Rennie: I hope that fair minded people will give Alistair Carmichael a second chance. (69 comments) by The Voice

In the immediate aftermath of the leak enquiry outcome, before the election petition was filed, Willie Rennie wrote of the seriousness of the situation but asked for a second chance for Alistair. His tone was as it should have been in the circumstances.

Norman Baker’s genius response to David Cameron: David, I need you to stop sending dishonest and patronising letters. (19 comments) by The Voice.

Norman Baker’s hilarious response to a bit of Tory direct mail.

How to beat the SNP (70 comments) by Joanne Ferguson

A lot of good sense from a 17 year old new member.

Lib Dem/Tory waverers wanted continuity, but they voted Conservative to achieve it (230 comments) by Nick Thornsby

Nick argues that the reason for our defeat was not that we were associated with the Government, but that we weren’t enthusiastic enough about it.

Daily Mail: on how Charles Kennedy was “hounded” by the SNP in run-up to the election (86 comments) by Caron Lindsay

It’s not often that the Mail does something worth reading, but this article sets out some really unsavoury instances of cybernattery experienced by Charles during the General Election.




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One Comment

  • What amazes me rereading the election night blog is that all the people who were saying that we would be all right by election night and were clearly wrong – have in no way said “okay – so we got it wrong – sorry”

    I think some of the bitterness we have seen between the left and right of the party on LDV could have been prevented if all the chearleaders for the way we ran the coalition had just admitted that their approach had not worked.

    But I am left with the feeling that given the same circumstances they would have run the coalition in exactly the same way – made all the same decisions and followed exactly the same strategy.

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