Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #158

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 158th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (21st-27th February, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, usually 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. Times report: Tories “make inroads” into Lib Dem support in south-west England. (But where’s the evidence?)
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
The Times’s Sam Coates goes into over-hype over-drive.

2. Those Lib Dem donation figures in full (Q4, 2009)
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Who and where the party’s money comes from.

3. How much of a battle does Bercow face in Buckingham?
by Helen Duffett on Lib Dem Voice.
The choice before the voters: Bercow or Farage. So grateful I don’t live there.

4. Nick Clegg puts fairness first at PMQs as Speaker jokes about calling helpline on Caron Lindsay’s Musings.
“… something needs to be done to ensure that [PMQs] becomes less of a circus and more of a serious process of holding the Government to account.” Amen to that.

5. The Libdems should be more positive about marginal seat polls… on Jane Watkinson’s My Liberal Democrat Political Ramblings.
Jane argues for a Lib Dem counter-narrative to ‘Broken Britain’, one that focuses “more on Cameron, his ‘policies’ and how he only represents negative ‘change’.”

6. Woman’s Hour: Spreading Filthy Establishment Lies
on Andy Hinton’s Wouldn’t It Be Scarier.
Jane Garvey thinks the Lib Dems won’t abolish tution fees. Perhaps she didn’t get the memo.

7. The Alternative ConHome 10-point plan to put the Tory election campaign back on track
by Alex Folkes on Lib Dem Voice.
Please, Mr Cameron, please listen to ConservativeHome. *silently prays*

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 bookmarking website for party members 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. Simon Hughes MP and the first class train carriage on Peter Black AM’s blog.
“What happens when you sit next to Simon on the train?” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig).

9. Bullying helpline breaches callers confidentiality
on Andrew Reeves’ Running Blog.
“Bullying helpline chief breaches callers confidentiality.” (Submitted by andrew.reeves via LibDig).

10. No Lib Dems on Question Time – Geeks’ Special on Caron Lindsay’s Musings.
“Caron crunches the numbers and rounds up the comments – give this woman her own show!” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig).

11. Thoughts from the Train: when a confidential helpline stops being confidential on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy.
“Mark Valladares is not a little disturbed by what must be tantamount to a breach of confidentiality by Christine Pratt.” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig).

12. Gordons Bullygate – the ‘real’ victims on Lisa Harding’s Spiderplant Land.
“Great post from Lisa Harding explaining how she was a victim of workplace bullying but happily won a tribunal and highlighting some deeply unhelpful comments from someone on Twitter about this subject.” (Submitted by MarkThompson via LibDig).

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading.

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