Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #28

Welcome to the 28th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (26th August – 1st September), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Without further ado:

1. ‘Iain Dale says Ming must stay but others say go now after Cameron’s failure to lure Lib Dem defector after selection abuse leads to bad opinion poll’ on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger.
See, told you.

2. ‘Lib Dem vote surges’ on Neil Woollcott’s blog.
Congratulations to Neil on a good result, though sadly not quite enough to stop the BNP holding on to the Loughton Alderton ward on Epping Forest District Council.

3. ‘No Ming, Polls, Defections, Selections, Outrageous Confections, and Definitely No Iain Dale… Just a Bit of Radio’ on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
What happened when Liberal Alex took on Tory Tim and Labour Kerron on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Simon Mayo Show.

4. ‘Why Ming must go!’ on Duncan Borrowman’s blog.
Oh, you guys!

5. ‘Boris hails a Lib Dem hero’
on Lib Dem Voice.
Saluting Lib Dem peer, Lord Phillips of Sudbury, for taking a stand.

6. ‘Too ‘Left Wing’ for the LD’s ?’ on Barrie Wood’s Progressive Politics blog.
A social liberal and economic social democrat – Barrie wonders which party best suits him. And decides it’s the Lib Dems.

7. ‘Your 100 best Lib Dem blog posts’ on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Highlighting Lib Dem Voice’s recently published The Golden Ton.

And here’s another five well worth reading, if you haven’t already:

8. ‘A missed opportunity for European leadership’
on Antony Hook’s blog.
What help has the rest of Europe offered to Greece? “When one member state faces infernal danger all Europe should give its money and energy to deal with the problem.”

9. ‘Competitive sport for children is still frowned upon’ on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
The last shall be first and the first shall be last… even at school sports days, apparently.

10. ‘Iain Dale and ‘free markets’’ on Tristan Mills’ Liberty Alone blog.
How Tories love free markets, except when they don’t: “Why we spend so much time and money on a tiny proportion of the population and economy I don’t know. It seems to be some sort of sentimental view of the farmer as custodian of the countryside and lifeblood of the country.”

11. ‘The Daily “Diana” Express’
on Ryan Cullen’s Hapless Band of Staff and Regulars.
Tracking the demise into self-parody of Lord Beaverbrook’s once-esteemed organ.

12. ‘Facebook upsets me’ on Sandra Gidley MP’s Romsey Redhead blog.
The downsides of being hyper-connected via the faddish Facebook. A welcome return by Sandra to the Lib Dem blogosphere after a 20-month absence.

And that’s it for another week.

* Stephen Tall blogs at ‘A Liberal Goes A Long Way’.

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