Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #174

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 174th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (13th – 19th June, 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. Tory MP Caroline Nokes declares extra marital sex wrong while cheating on her husband with a toy boy on Andrew Reeves’ Running blog.

2. Challenging Election Results on Alex Folkes’ A Lanson Boy blog.

3. My reply to Derek Simpson of Unite’s invitation to rip up my membership card on Andrew Reeves’ Running blog.
Andrew declines. Politely.

4. The Sheffield Forgemasters “cut” is no such thing on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons blog.
“It is a withdrawal of a loan for expansion of a private company,” explains Mark.

5. Cllr Andy Stamp leaves the Lib Dem group on Medway Council on Gary Allanach’s blog.

6. Liberal Democrats set out plans to retain independence on Peter Black’s blog.
Peter points out that this is nothing new for coalition partners in Wales and Scotland.

7. Will I stand again for the Assembly? on Peter Black’s blog.
Peter decides to stick with the list rather than be a constituency candidate.

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].

8. Cancelling the extension of free school meals at Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England. “Jonathan Calder puts it succinctly: ‘It is far from clear to me that Liberal Democrat members should die in the ditch for Labour policies.'” (Submitted by mark.pack via LibDig).

9. RSPCA shuts its doors to strays and unwanted animals on Andrew Reeves’ Running blog. “Shame on the RSPCA for this change of policy, turning their backs on animals needing help.” (Submitted by andrew.reeves via LibDig).

10. Labour MSP Frank McAveety resigns after microphone mishap on Andrew Reeves’ Running blog. “Another Scottish Labour politicians forgets the microphone is still on and gets into a mess.” (Submitted by andrew.reeves via LibDig).

11. Stitch up on cuts? on Bracknell Blog. “There were some claims that a prearranged clandestinely was left in the government spending plans by Labour.” (Submitted by dazmando via LibDig).

12. Was David Ruffley MPs action a shout for help? “On Thursday David Ruffley MP jumped in front of a Gatwick Express train.”(Submitted by andrew.reeves via LibDig).

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

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