Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #133

Welcome to the 133rd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (30th August – 5th September 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, partly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

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

1. EXCLUSIVE: EXTENDED VERSION – So. Farewell. Then. Irfan Ahmed. on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
A fitting encomium.

2. Daniel Hannan – A Reckoning? on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
It’s Alex v. Mark, week 2. (Last week’s instalment is here).

3. In (partial) defence of Lembit Opik on Bernard Salmon’s The Sound of Gunfire blog.
Should Lembit be chucked out of the party for writing in the Daily Sport? Bernard and Jane Watkinson go head-to-head.

4. When not all sleaze is created equal… by Sara Scarlett on Liberal Vision’s blog.
More Lib Dem flamewars.

5. Televised debates will be bad for the Liberal Democrats
on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
We can’t trust Murdoch to be fair, and we can’t trust Nick not to gaffe, says Jonathan.

6. Day 3164: You Know My Name (It’s Millennium) on Millennium Elephant, Dome’s Very Fluffy Diary blog.
In defence of pseudonymous blogging.

7. Lembit Opik on internet piracy by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
What would we do without his Daily Sport column?

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. Conservative bloggers cheer Nigel Farage on against Bercow
on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
“Excellent post by Jonathan Calder on the rather odd sight of all these Tory bloggers cheering on Nigel Farage against one of their own MPs. Also contains the best wicker hamper metaphor I have ever seen.” (Submitted by Mark Thompson via LibDig).

9. Tory Dog Whistle Politics is Back! (did it ever really go away?) on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
“James points out what the media rarely does: it doesn’t matter what Cameron believes, he’s not changed the Tory party at all.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig).

10. Modern kids hold their own in maths on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
“WARNING: This blog post contains evidence and balanced arguments.” (Submitted by Mark Pack via LibDig).

11. Open thread: Lib Dem internetty meetup thing by Alex Foster on Lib Dem Voice.
“Alex Foster proposes a Lib Dem unconference, LibCamp, whatever. What do you think?” (Submitted by james.graham via LibDig).

12. Does the PM read every petition personally? on Steve Webb MP’s The Webb Log blog.
Surely not? That would imply some form of obsessive-compulsive personality.

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

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