Top of the Blogs: the Golden Dozen #11

Welcome to the eleventh of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (29th April – 6th May), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Rather unsurprisingly, this week’s selection is dominated by Thursday’s local elections. So here is our ‘mixed bag’ analysing that ‘mixed bag’:

1. ‘Lessons to be learned for the Lib Dems’ on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
Three reasons why the Lib Dems failed (at least in those areas where we did fail).

2. ‘Those Local Election Results: Get a Grip’ on Jeremy Hargreaves’ blog.
Not the best of results, not the worst of results, so let’s not panic.

3. ‘Opinion: will the election results spell the end for Menzies Campbell’s leadership? The answer is in your hands as much as his.’ by Rob Fenwick on Lib Dem Voice.
The muttering starts here…

4. ‘Lib Dem results bode well for sitting Lib Dem MP’s’ (again) on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
How does the saying go? Where we work, we win.

5. ‘Cameron Candidate Gets No Votes’ on John Hemming MP’s blog.
Every candidate’s worst nightmare.

6. ‘Election 2007’ on Paula Keveaney’s blog.
Not letting (temporary) defeat deter her from campaigning.

7. ‘Cable Vision’ on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
Dr Vince analyses the Lib Dem performance on almost no sleep.

And here’s another five you may not have read, but should have done:

8. ‘Speaking out inappropriately’
on Peter Black AM’s blog.
Creating a stir with his call for an early leadership election among Welsh Lib Dems.

9. ‘So those elections then…’ on Andy Mayer’s
Believes Scottish Lib Dems blundered by ruling out a referendum on Scottish independence. Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog expresses similar sentiments.

10. ‘Those election results: hmmm…’ on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog! blog.
Key lesson: Lib Dems need to be better at winning the air war – “there’s only so much we can do on the ground when the national party messages are not coming across and being drowned out by our opponents’.”

11. ‘Weekly bin collections – A phyrric victory?’ on Neil Fawcett’s A Liberal Dose blog. Surely the Tories aren’t saying different things in different places?

12. ‘So much for youtube (gloating from Eastbourne)’ on Bernard Woolley’s Clowns to the Left of Me blog.
Putting ultra-slick campaigning in its place.

That’s it for this week, folks. Congratulations to the 2,162 newly-elected Lib Dem councillors; commiserations to those who lost. Hoped you enjoyed the Bank Holiday week-end – now go and deliver those Thank-You Focuses…

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

Featured? Add this to your blog post!
Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice
<a href=""><img src="" width="200" height="57" alt="Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice" title="Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice" /></a>

Read more by .
This entry was posted in Best of the blogs.


  • What’s this…a LDem saying that ANOTHER Party is ‘saying one thing in one place, and another somewhere else!’ Typical odious Ldem tactics there i dare say. Something tells me that the LDems in Oxford City Council will get a hammering now that due to their ineptitude with regard to refuse etc. Rentakil’s profits have probably rocketed. I think all these LDems who contributed to this mess help clean it up and become rat-catchers when given the heave-ho by the electorate!

  • If that’s what you call a ‘recycling revolution’ you need to go and sit in a darkened room for a bit Stephen! Me-thinks the only ‘recycling revolution’ that will happen in Oxford is when the electorate have a go at the ballot box. If you really want to help with regard to re-cycling stopping printing all those Focus ( or in my view FUCUP) leaflets! I trust you did not see the Trevor McDoughnut ‘Tonight’ programme that puts your claim that your failing policy is ‘popular’ with the ‘residents’ to the test…

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMichael BG 25th Jun - 1:58am
    Joseph, I think it was very clear that I was talking about government capital spending financed from borrowing and not tax increases when I wrote,...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 25th Jun - 12:48am
    Joseph Bourke I don't know about you (or Peter M, for that matter) but that doesn't sound like real "income" to me - in the...
  • User AvatarNigel Ashton 25th Jun - 12:43am
    Geoff Tordoff was Chair of the Liberal Party when I was first elected to the National Executive Committee in 1979. He was an outstanding Liberal...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 25th Jun - 12:31am
    David is so right about the urgent need for increased spending on social care. The cutbacks may even have contributed to a fall in life...
  • User AvatarMike Read 24th Jun - 11:57pm
    1st August is the date.
  • User AvatarDavid Becket 24th Jun - 11:14pm
    You could not publish articles like this in a newspaper. If they were printed the publishers would be in trouble. The same law should apply...