Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #135

Welcome to the 135th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (13-19th September 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, partly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed. (And, yes, the Golden Dozen has kinda got a bit out-of-synch as a result of the party conference – #136 is here. Sorry about that.)

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

1. Conference: go back to Bournemouth and prepare to be perplexed on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
A Liberal Bureaucrat on mixing with the party’s ‘beautiful people’ [insert own joke here].

2. Big Government Vs Big Unions… Fiiiight! on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
A week’s worth of blogging in one handily-sized article.

3. In a truly liberal society, Mark Oaten’s career would not be over
by Mark Littlewood on Liberal Vision’s blog.
‘If we want to stop the ghastly production line of tedious, loyalist, speak-your-pager automatons that litter the green benches (particularly on the Labour side), we need to be more forgiving of politicians that behave outside society’s statistical norms.’

4. Will you find me under Charlotte at conference? on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
‘Am I in for a roasting?’ So that’s what happens in Costigan’s Cafe.

5. Lib Dems can’t afford to miss the news boat on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
‘… the Lib Dems need to have something to say when the media want it said’. Even better if it’s worth saying.

6. Do you know how to structure a blog post? on Mark Pack’s blog.
Can you do good writing like what Dr Pack does?

7. Caron, Charlotte and Costigan are all right about the ISA
on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
James fillets three of the best blog-posts on the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

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. First impressions of my first Lib Dem Conference on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons blog.
Mark loses his #ldconf cherry.

9. Mark Oaten’s sex life was the most remarkable thing about him on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
‘Mark Oaten was not a dangerous, exciting politician brought down by a straitlaced press and public opinion.’ Half right. (I’ll let you guess which half I agree with).

10. Tea Rounds: Liberalism Vs Socialism on Charlotte Gore’s blog.
The philosophical tension of office refreshment politics.

11. Day 3184: A Personal Commitment but no Apologies from the Leader – Nick Clegg meets Millennium Elephant … and some other people on Millennium Dome, Elephant’s Very Fluffy Diary blog.
‘What Captain Clegg REALLY objects to is the Conservatories sense of ENTITLEMENT. We all know that they think it is their go, Buggins turn in the endless see-saw of Red/Blue status quo. Power ought to be EARNED, he says, not just INHERITED.’ And other great quotes …

12. The MP conference fringe league table
by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
Who’s angling to be the next leader – the league table’s that’s as good a guide as any.

And that’s it for another week (ish). Happy blogging.

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