Top of the Blogs: the Golden Dozen #5

The fifth of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator, together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Budgets and by-elections dominate this week’s selection. So, here we go, in descending order of popularity:

1. ‘Labour annihilated & Tory defection to Lib Dems’ on Matt Davies’s blog.
Highlighting this week’s sensational council by-election victory by the Lib Dems in Nottinghamshire, and a Tory defection to the party in Torbay.

2. ‘How David Laws scored one over the Tories’ by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
A gold star for Mr Laws for being first to spot Gordon Brown’s big budget wheeze – making the poorest pay for his income tax cut.

3. ‘Another huge Lib dem by-election victory’ on Austin Rathe’s Liberal Action blog.
Yes, it’s the victor of Notts again – we just couldn’t get enough of reading about Jason Zadrozny’s triumph.

4. ‘Why Tories are so poor at the art of seduction’ by James Graham on his Quaequam Blog! blog.
Not impressed by Tory shadow chancellor, George Osborne. Really not impressed.

5. ‘Budget light relief: Brown makes Cameron look a prat’ by Paul Walter on his Liberal Burblings blog.
The Tory leader was left looking flat-footed in his budget response to Mr Brown.

6. ‘Are the Tories heading for a meltdown’ on Neil Woolcott’s blog.
To be honest, the answer is probably no. But that’s no reason not to ask the question.

7. ‘Cameron uses private jet for 90 mile journey’ on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
Imagine what the media would have made of this story if it had been Gordon Brown…

And here’s another five you may not have read, but should have done:

8. ‘The Lyons that never roared’ on Steve Webb’s The Webb Log blog. (Try saying that quickly.)
Labour’s decision to tinker with Council Tax round the edges was rather overshadowed by the budget… which I’m sure wasn’t their intention.

9. ‘Blair’s last grasp’ on Tim Gordon – Islington activist’s blog.
Let’s be grateful for the quiet of the current phoney war.

10. ‘Why must I know Lord Levy’s middle name?’ on Lynne Featherstone‘s Parliament and Haringey Diary blog.
Why is the media obsessed with calling Labour’s chief fundraiser Michael Abraham Levy? James Graham suggests an answer here.

11. ‘The strange death of political parties’ on James Oates’s Cicero’s Songs blog.
How the professionalisation of party politics is usurping the need for mass membership parties.

12. ‘What was on TV when you were born?’ on Will Howells’ No Geek Is An Island blog.
My mum was missing out on a repeat of maverick New York cop show, Serpico, at the exact moment I was delivered. She’s only just forgiven me.

See you again next week, same time (ish), same place.

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

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