Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #164

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 164th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (4th-10th April, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally 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. New Lib Dem poster on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger.
First of three Norfolk Blogger entries, this one focusing on the Tories’ VAT Bomb.

2. A quick look at the election battleground in the Eastern Region on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger.
A run-down of what to look out for on election night, from Watford to Norwich.

3. Mark Williams has the edge in Ceredigion by Peter Black on Freedom Central.
A victory at the hustings; let’s hope it portends victory at the polls.

4. Nick Clegg – be yourself ! (An open letter)
on David Grace’s Disgruntled Radical.
Time for Nick to unleash himself: “Broadly, our policies are right and radical, but they won’t sound it if we sound uncertain.”

5. Tories to put VAT up on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger.
Just don’t throw your knickers at the screen.

6. A tour of the Nick Clegg battlebus on Alex Lanson’s A Lanson Boy.
A peek inside the inner sanctum.

7. “You’ll be found dead on the streets” – the message from a BNP supporter by Dominic Carman on Lib Dem Voice.
Dominic takes on the BNP’s violence: “Griffin would perhaps do well to remember: ‘Hate begets hate; violence begets violence.’”

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are chosen using the LibDig bookmarking website for party members, the site where you can highlight blog-posts you want to share with your fellow Lib Dems. Remember, though, you’re still more than welcome to nominate for the Golden Dozen 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. Cameron’s Glasgow South West candidate, Heather MacLeod quits over party’s ‘nest of vipers’ on Andrew Reeves’ Running blog.
“Candidate describes party as “nest of vipers” and quits. Not so modern Conservatism it would seem.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig).

9. Chris Grayling’s anti gay comments redressed on LBC 97.3 on Chris and Eddie in London NW1.
“I was on-air on LBC 97.3 this afternoon fighting the libdem and gay rights corner in reaction to chris graylings reported support of discrimination against gay people. had 10 minutes and managed to not only destroy cameron and grayling (in a professional way I must point out) but managed to plug the LibDems and DELGA throughout!!!” (Submitted by chrisnw1 via LibDig).

10. Why #LibDems should complain to #BBC on Alex Wilcock’s Twitter feed.
“How complaining to the BBC can work.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig).

11. Conservative health policy – can you spot the contradictions?
on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy.
“Absolutely superb post from Mark Valladares. The contradictions in Conservative health policy are so childishly obvious once Mark illuminates them. And he points to a potential sterling crisis if the Tories cannot finally get their act together on fiscal discipline.” (Submitted by paulwalteruk via LibDig).

12. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons.
“Great poster mock up featuring Dave Cameron.” (Submitted by ryancullen via LibDig).

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

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