Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #72

Welcome to the 72nd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (29th June – 5th July), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Let’s get straight down to it, in descending order of popularity:

1. The much anticipated Dr. Who
on Peter Black AM’s blog.
So this was the really big political news last week. Ahem.

2. Nick Clegg on ‘The Big Idea’ on Lib Dem Voice.
A hatchet job by Dominic Lawson; or did Nick set himself up for a fall?

3. UPDATED: The constituent, who Labour MP said could ‘stick’ his vote, comments on Liberal Burblings with full text of letters on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Labour MP David Clelland proves himself to be thin-skinned and unprofessional (so I guess I know what I can do with my vote, too).

4. Another By-Election?
on Pete Dunphy’s Party Political PLC blog.
Ooh, you tease.

5. How to become a Tory MP: ‘Lick up’ to Central Office and ‘hold your nose’ on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
And the Burbler isn’t even paraphrasing, but quoting.

6. Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #71 on Lib Dem Voice.
This is all getting a bit meta.

7. Why the Home Counties set just don’t get Andy Murray on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
I think Paul pays too much attention to Sarah Kennedy myself.

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’. Remember, if you do want to highlight a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – all you have to do is drop me a line at [email protected] (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. Abstentions For Progress
on Adrian Sanders’ MySpace blog.
“I have always held the view that it is wrong for MPs to vote on their own salaries, terms and conditions. It’s why I never vote when these matters come before the House.” (Well, how could I not choose you, Adrian, this week?)

9. What next?
on Phil Hutty’s Cornish Pips blog.
A prospective Lib Dem PPC reflects on losing a hustings.

10. Choose our future on Bernard Salmon’s The Sound of Gunfire blog.
“Problems can only be addressed by a liberal approach which stresses empowerment and responsibility… because liberals tend to be optimistic and believe that people can make meaningful choices about the way we live, this narrative can be expressed in the theme/slogan “Choose our future”.” David Boyle responds here, with ‘We must be a crusade or nothing’.

11. MPs’ Luxuries: Labour Can’t Get Enough; Lib Dems Against; Tories Split on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
“I’m proud to say that not one single Liberal Democrat MP voted for this catastrophic signal of MPs’ disdain for real life or their crappy reputation.”

12. Thank you Nicol on Stephen Glenn’s Linlithgow Journal.
“No doubt committing so much of himself to his party did leave his wife and family feeling a little neglected while we felt loved. I’m sure now that he commits as much of that hands on approach to them he will just as committed and his bairns will surely benefit from that.”

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

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