Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #130

Welcome to the 130th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (9th August – 15th August 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, partly 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. Day 3148: Pillock’s Progress aka Mandy v Gideon round deux from The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
Millennium on the lack of progress from “the old left-right axis.”

2. Is Ros Scott a crook? Let’s see some evidence on Costigan Quist’s Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
Costigan challenges Irfan Ahmed on his now-deleted post (see number 3).

3. It’s time to remove the dirt from within the Lib Dems. Irfan Ahmed has now deleted this post and hopes “to put this issue at rest” by closing comments on it too. Except that’s not how it works…

4. Irfan – isn’t it nice that we’ve moved on from Victorian times? by Mark Valladares at Liberal Bureaucracy.
Emails at dawn won’t solve this one.

5. Irfan Ahmed – this is your fisk! Mark Valladares lays it on the line:
“You libelled the Party President. There is no scope for wriggling here, no scope for misunderstanding. You still do not understand the gravity of your actions, or the responsibilities you take on when you claim the mantle of a partisan blogger. You are entitled to promote anyone you like, regardless of my personal opinion as to their stance. You are not free to defame without consequence.”

6. Day 3142: Who would win a fight between Scary Charlotte and Wicked Uncle Costigan? At Millennium Elephant’s Fluffy Diary, speculation mounts about the Lib Dem Blog of the Year Awards. (Have YOU had your say yet? Send in your nominations to [email protected])

7. What unites Iain Dale and Roger Helmer MEP? Nich Starling replies (at Norfolk Blogger) to Iain Dale’s post, and Iain Dale replies in the comments to Nich’s.

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 a line to [email protected] (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. More thought on primaries – and London Mayors from James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
“James Graham muses over a range of possible reforms to our selection rules which would open up the process.” (Submitted by Mark Pack via LibDig).

9. An Open Letter To My American Friends About The NHS from Andrew Hickey’s blog.
“Straight to the point as to why the anti-Obamacare protesters are wrong about the NHS. Sums it up nicely.” (Submitted by scmjerram via LibDig).

10. Is Liberal Democrat Voice eating the Lib Dem blogosphere?
A tasty conspiracy theory from Jonathan Calder at Liberal England.

11. Please Come To Our Wedding, And Deny Your Own (FOSVP). Alex Wilcock at Love and Liberty debates “who was being rude to whom” when his MP, Jim Fitzpatrick, walked out of a Muslim wedding.

12. The postcode lottery test: which answer do you pick? from Mark Pack’s blog.
Why we need variation – for the right reasons: “It’s the lottery part of postcode lotteries which is the problem, not the postcode part.”

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging.

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