Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #134

Welcome to the 134th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (6th – 12th September 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. I wish Gavin Webb well in the Libertarian Party, but here’s why I won’t be joining him…
by Mark Littlewood on the Liberal Vision blog.
‘… the Liberal Democrats remain the best chance of securing some of the crucial changes Britain needs. Radical constitutional change is the most obvious of these and I’d urge everyone who supports such a transformation in our democracy to rally to the LibDem banner’. Stirring words from Mark.

2. Stunning Cheadle by-election win – it’s ‘alas, Smith-Jones’
on John’s Liberal Revolution blog.
The fantastic news of a great Lib Dem victory over the Tories in the key Cheshire seat of Cheadle.

3. Gavin Webb quits Lib Dems, joins Libertarian Party by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Sparking the most vigorous comments thread on LDV this week.

4. The Mark Oaten book – an exclusive preview! on Alex Folkes’ A Lanson Boy blog.
What is it about Liberal MPs and their dogs?

5. Why is colour so politically sensitive? on Joe Rinaldi Johnson’s A Cambridge Liberal blog.
‘To many Lib Dems, orange means a lot more than just a mixture of red and yellow. It means freedom, non-conformism and change the same way that blue means stability, conformism, gradualism.’

6. Derren Brown Lottery Prediction – How He Did It on Charlotte Gore’s blog.
To quote the man himself, “It was just a trick.”

7. When silence is not golden – reasons why you still don’t know what Party committees are up to (part 1) on Mark Valladares’ blog.
Our liberal bureaucrat tries to inject some honest openness into discussions about internal democracy and accountability.

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. Is the Daily Mail guilty of a contempt of court? on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing blog.
“Sara Bedford has a good eye and spotted something in a recent Daily Mail online article that she thinks should not have been there.” (Submitted by MarkThompson via LibDig).

9. Derren Brown’s lottery prediction on Will Howells’ No geek is an island blog.
“Will Howells explains how Derren Brown did it (or not) in song.” (Submitted by djm4 via LibDig).

10. Cameron wants fewer backbenchers if he becomes PM on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons blog.
“Mark Thompson’s take on why Cameron wants to reduce the number of backbenchers.” (Submitted by kwisstan via LibDig).

11. The utter cobblers about general election night on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
“A reactionary response to a reactionary campaign.” (Submitted by james.graham via LibDig).

12. Keeping my child safe – an over-anxious mum writes on Caron Lindsay’s Caron’s Musings blog.
“You won’t find a better exposition of a liberal view on the recently announced measures by the government that could see up to a quarter of the adult population vetted through checks in order to be able to run children to clubs and sporting events. I agree with every word Caron says here.” (Submitted by MarkThompson via LibDig).

And that’s it for another week – see you a week today in Bournemouth. Happy blogging.

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