Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #168

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 168th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (2nd – 8th May, 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. Cameron offers … er, not very much really by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
But will he up his offer to secure Lib Dem support?

2. What are grass roots Liberal Democrats thinking? on Mark Pack’s blog.
Probably: “I wish we weren’t starting from here.”

3. What should the party do next? Have your say by 2pm on Saturday by Mark Pack (it’s that man again) on Lib Dem Voice.
Though hopefully that wasn’t your last chance …

4. If LibDems support the Tories, it will top of a very demoralising election on Jane Watkinson’s My Liberal Democrat Political Ramblings …
“We need to think again, or I am afraid, Clegg will see many of his supporters feeling rightly cheated” – Jane raises her concerns about any idea of coalition.

5. Daily Mail says: vote Lib Dem in Hampstead & Kilburn on Mark Pack’s blog.
Alas, someitmes it seems not enough people read the Daily Mail.

6. Why are the BBC & ITV ignoring this story? on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger.
The mysterious disappearance of Philippa Stroud from the news headlines.

7. My predictions for total seats in the next parliament using the “follow the money” betting method on Brent A. Martin’s The Daily Zeitgeist.
Ahh, if only it had worked out that way.

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. EXPOSED: The Tories’ secret plan to prevent hung parliaments on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
‘The Tory rhetoric over the past couple of weeks makes it clear that they will do everything in their power to prevent hung parliaments and having to share power with anyone.’ True, but it’s tough how things work out sometimes, isn’t it.

9. Pick and Mix which 3 policies from other parties would you choose
by dazmando on the Bracknell Blog.
‘Which policy would you pick from two main parties you don’t support and one policy from a smaller party?’ (Submitted via LibDig).

10. Nobody won the Election. Actually, it was almost Nobody who won the election. on Andreas Christodoulou’s blog.
‘So, three days after the General election, what happened? How can David Cameron keep a straight face when he says he has “won” the election, when 76% of people eligable to vote for him did not do so? What happens now, and where does that leave the case for electoral reform?’ (Submitted via LibDig).

11. The Liberal Democrats should accept David Cameron’s offer in some form on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
“All of which leads me to the view that some sort of arrangement with the Conservatives is the only possible position for the Liberal Democrats in the new Commons.”

12. No agreement is the likely and sensible outcome on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
“So, unless Cameron commits to a referendum on a truly proportional voting system it’s no deal. I very much doubt he will commit to that, without his party imploding, so it’s no deal.”

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

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  • Amanda Killingback 9th May '10 - 10:56pm

    This is the greatest opportunity for political reform and without a swift – within 3 months – referendum on PR guaranteed by the Conservatives (noone knows how long a coalition will last), it’s not worth all the other compromises needed.

  • Irrespective of what senior Liberal Democrat politicians think about their potential allegiance with the Conservatives there are other issues that people inside and outside the party should be aware of. The two most important are 1) the impact this collaboration will have on the Lib Dem voter and 2) the impact it will have on the UK voter in general. On both counts things are definitely not looking good. Already the idea of a ‘third force’ of British politics has suffered over the years. The fact that once the Liberals and the SDP has to unite to form the Liberal Democratic alliance is a testament to this. By gambling is this way with the Conservative party the work of the past 30 years could be undone. Much of the damage has already been done. Where does this ‘sympathy’ with Dave Cameron comes from? Is it the upbringings? Is it the public school background? Is it that they are the same age? Is it that they are inexperienced? From a distance they both look like two people playing at being politicians. The excessively fast way in which things developed since May 6 points to an affinity that was already there. Whatever it was, Clegg should not have jumped. There was no hurry. The issue of an alliance didn’t even have to be pushed. Now, to backtrack from this situation will be impossible without looking foolish and losing even more votes. In my family, we voted Lib Dems. We did so because it is a principled party. But those principles are today hugely under strain. To see Paddy Ashdown arriving at the BBC together and Gove and then verbally cosying up to each other is the shape of things to come. We will not be able to criticize the Conservative Party as we should do. The opposition will be left to Labour. And the party that wins votes and elections are generally in opposition. There are huge, fundamental differences between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives parties, except perhaps, the upbringing of the two leaders and a general dislike of the working class. This alliance has the potential of being the beginning of the end of the Lib Dem as a political party in the UK. With this alliance now with the Conservatives the penny will have dropped for a lot of people. When the end comes, remember where all started. This idea of political reform ‘given’ by the other two parties is just wishful thinking. You have to fight for it yourself with the electorate. I am not suggesting that the Lib Dems should have joined Gordon Brown’s Labour Party, far from it. But I do think that the Lib Dems should’ve kept their distance and their identity FAR AWAY from BOTH parties. This idea of fighting for “the National Interest” is doesn’t wash. We are not under a WWII situation. The electorate knows this. The damage has already been done. I am not sure how you are going to get out of this one. Good luck now.

  • Give the people a referendum; then watch us all vote against reform. You will not be allowed to blackmail the electorate twice! It will be more than 30 years before you lot see the light of day again.

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