Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #55

Welcome to the 55th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (2nd-8th March), together with a quintet hand-picked by Lib Dem blog readers you might otherwise have missed.

Tempers flared in the Lib Dem blogosphere last week – both between bloggers, and also against the leadership following the party split over a Lisbon Treaty referendum. Fortunately, a successful conference in Liverpool has intervened, with a great speech by Nick Clegg, so perhaps there will be a return to sweetness and light in the coming days.

Anyway, without further ado, here we go in descending order of popularity:

1. That Cowardly Norfolk Blogger Tantrum In Full on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
Yes, this one did make it to the top of the top of the blogs. It gets more conciliatory the further down the page you read… honest.

2. Kramer and Heath walk out of Lib Dem shadow cabinet meeting
on Lib Dem Voice.
Or not, as it turned out. The Daily Mail’s Ben Brogan inaccurately stirs it up.

3. Rumblings against Nick Clegg on Gavin Whenman’s Gavin’s Gaily Gigest blog.
Was Susan Kramer letting off steam against Nick Clegg? Or was Gavin reading too much into her comments? You decide…

4. Let peace reign in the land of Lib Dem bloggers on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
Pacifist spoilsport.

5. When Bloggers Attack! on Jo Anglezarke’s Jo’s Jottings blog.
Warring bloggers get a ticking off: competition is “supposed to get you to try harder and achieve better results. Not to take a sword to your fellow Lib Dem bloggers!”

6. Suddenly you realise you are not so different after all on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
Nich contemplates leaving the party over the party’s referendum stance.

7. In response
on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger bog.
Back where we started at 1.

And now to the five slots we reserve under the category ‘well worth reading even if they didn’t get the most clicks this week’. Thanks to those who submitted this week’s nominations. Remember, all you have to do is drop me a line at [email protected], highlighting the best Lib Dem blog postings from the past week (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. Leaked Labour Smear Document on Gavin Whenman’s Gavin’s Gaily Gigest blog.
Tribal politics at its petulant worst. (Not Gavin, the Labour party.)

9. Some surprises in review of 24 hour drinking
on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
Fellow Lib Dem blogger Bob Shaw comments: “This nomination is purely because the humour behind the post appealed to my sense of humour.”

10. Twisted Knickers, Nick Clegg and the Blogosphere on Linda Jack’s Lindyloo’s Muze blog.
Nominated by Alex Wilcock with customary brevity: “For a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty but seeing the other side, pointing out there’s more to life and pouring balm over the blogosphere in the most sensible post I’ve read on the issue.”

11. Day 2619: Aren’t we supposed to be the UNITED Party on Europe? on Millennium Dome, Elephant’s, Very Fluffy Diary blog.
“Regretful, insightful, and realising that it’s the little things that bring you to grief, then the lessons to learn,” so says Alex.

12. A lasting political marriage by Jonathan Calder on the New Statesman’s blog.
Okay, so it didn’t appear (directly) on, but this was a must-read account of the Lib Dems’ formation. And the conclusion is sublimely cheeky: “the Liberals bequeathed the party’s its philosophy and strategy and the SDP brought its membership system”.

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

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