Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #36

Welcome to the 36th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (21st-27th October), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

The leadership election rather unsurprisingly dominated the week – get used to it… there’s another seven weeks to go. Off we go, then, in descending order of popularity:

1. Team Clegg: in full scale meltdown? on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
When pressing ‘Send’ goes bad. (The explanation from Team Clegg is here.)

2. I’ve changed my mind on Ryan Morrison’s 5Tracks blog.
Honestly, the electorate’s just so damn fickle.

3. How the MPs are lining up on Lib Dem Voice.
A first look at the popularity contest amongst the 63 Lib Dem members in the House of Commons.

4. Top 100 Most Influential Liberals on James Oates’ Cicero’s Songs blog.
How could I not select this? After all, I’m sandwiched between Sandi Toksvig and Baroness Falkner…

5. How the MPs are lining up (UPDATED) on Lib Dem Voice.
A second stab.

6. What did happen in that tent? on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Just how well did Ed Vaizey and Nick Clegg rub along together in the Arctic?

7. Littlewood and the Westminster Hour on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
Perhaps only the Lib Dems’ Bruiser Blogger of the Year could manage to be quite so acerbically equivocal.

And here’s another five which grabbed my attention:

8. (a) Support for Chris Huhne on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Plumping for Chris.
8. (b) Nick Clegg: My Vision for a Liberal Britain on Jeremy Hargreaves’ blog.
Plumping for Nick.
(See how neutral LDV is being?)

9. Facebook political categories on Charlotte Gore’s blog
Given so many people define themselves as liberals, not conservatives, on Facebook how do we persuade them to vote for the only liberal party, rather than the two conservative parties?

10. Lib Dems need the vision thing by James Graham on the OurKingdom blog (not a Lib Dem blog, but well worth a look).
Lots of good points; here’s one that stood out for me: “[it isn’t] that the quality of debate at Lib Dem conference isn’t high; the problem is the level of debate up until that point.”

11. Reinventing the State Chapter 6: Liberalism and the search for meaning on Joe Otten’s Extra Bold Blog.
The sixth in Joe’s dissections of ‘Not The Orange Book’ takes to task David Boyle’s attack on secularism.

12. A LibDem Blogosphere Divided
on Gavin Whenman’s The Whiskey Priest blog
Summing up what you might be reading around the blogs for the next six week…

And that’s it for another week. Til next time, happy blogging…

* Stephen Tall is not blogging at A Liberal Goes A Long Way til after 17th December.

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