Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #22

Welcome to the 22nd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (15th-21st July), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

As you might expect, this last week’s offerings have been rather dominated by the Ealing Southall and Sedgefield by-elections:

1. Now this just doesn’t quite add up on Duncan Borrowman’s blog.
The Tories show how not to do rebuttal.

2. Labour hit the panic button in Sedgefield on Jonathan Wallace’s blog.
The joys of by-election campaigning.

3. What to make of the by-elections? on Stephen Tall’s A Liberal Goes A Long Way blog.
Predictions of what would constitute a good/bad result for the parties.

4. Ealing Southall postal vote totals published by Telegraph blog on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
The police investigation continues…

5. Chris Rennard: a re-count in Ealing Southall, challengers to Labour in Sedgefield on Lib Dem Voice.
Close, pretty close, from Lib Dem by-election supremo, Lord Rennard.

6. Ming on great form on Today on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
With a spring in his step. Now it’s the turn of another political leader to have the media obsess about the personality froth of leadership speculation.

7. Grant Shapps MP – Out of his depth (part 2) on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
Poor Mr Shapps. It’s not been a happy last fortnight for him.

And now for another five postings well worth reading… and all guaranteed to be by-election free:

8. A message to the Conservative Party – loss, desolation and redemption: how divorce impacts on lives on Mark Valladeres’ Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
A brave post, well worth reading.

9. Hypocrisy in drug policy goes way beyond the Home Office on Tom Papworth’s Liberal Polemic blog.
Exposing just some of the rampant double-standards rife in the debate about drugs .

10. Fortnightly rubbish collections on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Lord Bonkers’ alter ego reminds us of the liberal approach.

11. Neo-puritanism: a Liberal opportunity
on Jock Coats’ blog.
Asks if there’s a liberal political party around which will provide “a radical social liberal option, verging on libertarian”.

12. ‘Cheney to be President, at least for a day’
on Stephen Morgan’s All Along the Watchtower blog.
Mercifully, we survived. For a few hours, we were just a heartbeat away from having a female Democrat President (Nancy Pelosi).

And that’s it for another week. Sorry for the delay in posting, but I was too busy reading Harry Potter working yesterday.

* Stephen Tall blogs at A Liberal Goes A Long Way.

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