Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #49

Welcome to the 49th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (20th-26th January), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

As next week marks The Golden Dozen’s half-century, it’s time to freshen things up – which means opening up the five personal choice postings selected (numbers 8-12) to LDV readers… So if there’s post which appears/ed on the Aggregator between the 27th January and 3rd Feburary and you think it deserves to be incuded in next week’s Golden Dozen, drop me a line at [email protected]. Self-nominations are allowed – but as there are only five slots available, I can’t guarantee inclusion.

Anyway here are the best-read posts this last week, in descending order:

1. Clegg’s Oft Used Phrase: A Clanger on Gavin Whenman’s Gavin’s Gaily Gigest blog. Are Sheffield’s Lib Dems failing to close the gap? You can read Anders Hanson’s refutation below, 7.

2. Counterfactual Chris: Lib Dem Front Page on Gavin Whenman’s Gavin’s Gaily Gigest blog.
Because there always is a Plan B.

3. Improving our performance on ethnic minority candidates: a real way forward on Jeremy Hargreaves’ blog.
A balanced assessment of how the party can boost under-represented groups.

4. What Nick Should Have Said on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
Let’s hope Nick’s read this.

5. A reason to be cheerful that Chris Huhne did not win the Lib Dem leadership on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
Or should that be ‘A a reason to be cheerful’?

6. Well at least I’m not gay on Ryan Cullen’s Haless Band of Staff and Regulars blog.
Ryan’s strugglng to give away his ‘practically an armful’ of blood.

7. Sheffield Tories claim Nick Clegg’s first clanger on Anders Hansons blog.
See 1, above.

And here’s another five postings well worth dipping your grey matter into:

8. Opinion: A liberal view from Holland by Bernard Aris on Lib Dem Voice. A fascinating glimpse into Dutch liberal politics.

9. Vince Cable – the people’s hero
on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
The Lib Dems’ Living Droll deputy leader does it again: US chat-show hosts looking for a scriptwriter just nowshould give him a call.

10. What is a constitution on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog! Blog
Sticking up for party policy, sort of, on an EU referendum.

11. Come to Leyton on Andy Mayer’s blog.
Your chance to support the Lib Dem efforts to avenge Labour’s Miranda Grell’s gay smear campaign in Waltham Forest.

12. The times they are a changin
on Robert Shaw’s The Willow Man blog.
How should Lib Dem Voice select its Golden Dozen?

And that’s it for another week… Happy blogging.

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