Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #138

Welcome to the 138th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (4th October – 10th 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. Risking Ifran Ahmedisation…. on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
You tease, Paul, but it’s earned you your reward: one from the top for this week’s Golden Dozen.

2. The people’s party, honest and with a shade of green – how voters see the Liberal Democrats (Part 1)
on Neil Stockley’s blog.
How to build on the narrative that the party is for ordinary people?

3. “Erased” by YouGov on Anders Hanson’s blog.
Anders gets an answer from YouGov (see comment 5) – see what blogging can achieve?

4. LDV pre-conference members’ survey (1): Nick Clegg approval ratings by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Nick gains his best ever approval rating from LDV-reading party members.

5. Sharon Shoesmith’s day in court
on Lynne Featherstone’s Parliament & Haringey Diary blog.
Lynne’s no-holds-barred view of Haringey Council’s children’s services failings.

6. We’re all in this together on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
We’re all in this up to our necks, says George – it’s just some of us have yachts we can climb aboard.

7. Is Paxman/Boris the new Frost/Nixon? on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons blog.
Christ, let’s hope not. If I find a 2-hour film’s been made about this travesty of an ‘interview’ in three decades time I might just spontaneously combust with frustration.

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. “The proper narrative of British history” on Alix Mortimer’s The People’s Republic of Mortimer blog.
“Great fisk of Gove’s proposals for the history curriculum.” (Submitted by lizw via LibDig). And surely an early contender for the Best Post of the Year?

9. Tory rise in state pension age – do the sums add up? on Steve Webb’s The Webb Log blog.
“The Conservatives reckon they can “save” £13 billion by raising the state pension age for men alone. Do the figures add up? What do you think?” (Submitted by scjerram via LibDig).

10. RETURN TO YOUR SEATS AND EXTINGUISH YOUR CIGARETTES, FOLKS, THEY’VE GOT ANOTHER ‘POLICY’! on Wit and Wisdom’s blog.
“Excellent, witty post.” (Submitted by paulwalteruk via LibDig).

11. Bad systems, not tired people get election counts wrong by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
“Dr Pack lucidly explains how election counts work and why people often obsess about the wrong thing when worrying about them.” (Submitted by james.graham via LibDig).

12. Headline of the Day ends in a tie on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
“Fantastic. And awful. Plus a bit mad.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig).

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

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