Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #128

Welcome to the 128th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (26th July – 1st August 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, mostly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

Don’t forget, by the way, you can now sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox – just click here – ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. Norwich North was a triumph for Rennardism on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Unfortunately ‘the Tories implemented it more effectively than we did’.

2. The trouble with “Rennardism” (clue: it isn’t the leaflets)
on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
Why we shouldn’t worry about our lack of success in recent by-elections: ‘the problem is that the party has become far too comfortable in making these little gains here and there and more or less abandoned anything like a strategic vision – for either the party or the country – altogether.’

3. Opinion: A Fresh Start is the most vacuous suicide note in history
by William le Breton on Lib Dem Voice.
‘The touchstones by which I would assay policies, decisions and campaigns would be Liberal, Farsighted, Challenging, Peace loving.’

4. The secret to winning: work hard, then work harder
on Costigan Quist’s Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
Costigan tells it to us straight.

5. Lib Dems’ £550k deficit, 8.5% membership drop, and other facts from the party’s annual account…
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
You guys just love the good news stories, dontcha.

6. The Lutonian Candidate on Anders Hanson’s blog.
Some reasons not to vote for Esther Rantzen (in case you needed any assistance).

7. Labour Haemorrhaging in Waltham Forest
on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
Jonathan’s verdict on Waltham Forest: ‘a borough to watch next year, along with Haringey.’

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. As is now traditional we’re using the LibDig widget to select some of the posts from the seven days in question which you’ve most ‘dug’. But, remember, if you want to highlight 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 me a line at [email protected] (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. Bloggers talk balls about by-elections on Neil Fawcett’s A Liberal Dose blog.
“A fantastic rant! A tour de force!” (Submitted by James Graham via LibDig).

9. A strategy to achieve fair votes on Costigan Quist’s Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
“Costigan (again) on how to embarrass Brown into putting STV on the rumoured voting reform ballot. Every senior Lib Dem person should read this…..” (Submitted by caron via LibDig).

10. Oh what a lovely war! on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
“James considers the legacy of the First World War.” (Submitted by lizwvia LibDig).

11. Gary McKinnon’s extradition would be a disgrace
on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons blog.
“Mark on the terrible injustice faced by Gary McKinnon, pointing out that Labour ministers could do more to help.” (Submitted by caron via LibDig).

12. The unelectable in pursuit of the inedible on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing blog.
“Never forget that the Tories are the nasty-to-animals party.” (Submitted by jonball via LibDig).

And that’s it for another week. In fact another two weeks for me. Happy blogging in t’interim.

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.

One Comment

  • A quick couple of points about AV
    it is slightly proportional, under our conditions & for the top 3 parties only. In England it would give more seats to the Libdems & less to the big 2.
    the voters do get some extra choice & to use it they have to think beyond an either/or decision.

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.

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

  • Michael BG
    Joe Bourke, A 1p rise in the basic rate of income tax would be expected to raise about £5.7 billion in the first year and £6.95 billion in the second and a...
  • Adrian Hyyrylainen-T
    Excellent article Chris - explains so eloquently the more complex nature of gender and the fact that Gender critical people argue “you can’t change biologic...
  • Joe Bourke
    Harold Wilson didn't stop the Vietnam War but he did keep the UK out of it, devalued the pound, increased the bank lending rate to 8% and made big cuts in defe...
  • Joe Bourke
    Rachel Reeves like the Libdems is proposing a basic fiscal rule (the Golden rule) that says (outside of recessions) governments shouldn’t plan to pay for curr...
  • Peter Martin
    @ Joe, Good point about the Vietnam war having an affect on inflation at a time when both the £ and the DM were defined against the $. I fail to see how an ...