Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #137

Welcome to the 137th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (27th September – 3rd October 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. Will the real Nick Clegg please stand up?
on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Is it time for Nick to start talking more about his “almost exotic” background?

2. Bournemouth was a hit, no shambolic disaster by Iain Roberts on Lib Dem Voice.
The case for the defence.

3. Where the FDP Did Best on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
Because you guys just love your German regional psephology.

4. Because homphobia is gay when it’s against Tories, too by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
When the choice is between the Daily Mail and Iain Dale I know whose side I’m on.

5. Iain Dale’s Bracknell site – a Lib Dem analysis
on Alix Mortimer’s The People’s Republic of Mortimer blog.
Though, to be honest, I’m with Lib Dem campaign copywriters when it comes to that horribly stuffy word, ‘exposition’.

6. That Andrew Marr question: wrong, wrong, wrong by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
‘… in making [the PM’s health] an issue on the basis of no evidence, Andrew Marr and the BBC have done a real disservice to serious political reporting.’

7. Meet Labour’s answer to Irfan Ahmed on Tez Burke’s The Bureau of Sabotage blog.
Meet the Labour parliamentary candidate who advocates Drinkers’ Licences, No, really.

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. Sarah Brown must be stopped or I will be ill on Alix Mortimer’s The People’s Republic of Mortimer blog.
“Is Sarah Brown the most powerful woman in Britain? Please God no.” (Submitted by Joe Otten via LibDig).

9. Day 3194: Flash Gordon, I love you, but you’ve only got 14 hours to save the world… again! on Millennium Dome, Elephant’s Very Fluffy Diary blog.
“Millennium on top speech-fisking form. This is one level on which I can hardly wait for David Cameron to be Prime Minister.” (Submitted by Alix via LibDig).

10. Because I don’t do polls on Peter Black AM’s blog.
How to come third when you come second. (Submitted by ahanson via LibDig).

11. In dejection near Polly Toynbee on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
“A very astute observation about Poll’s great weakness. And it’s none of the ones that are normally discussed.” (Submitted by Alix via LibDig).

12. Consistency and Integrity on Fiona Whelan’s Hardwick blog.
“I liked this short philisophical piece.” (Submitted by scjerram via LibDig).

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

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