Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #87

Welcome to the 87th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (12th-18th October), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

How about starting with the most popular blog-posting, and we work our way down? Here goes…

1. EXCLUSIVE: Should Irfan Ahmed have to pay for what he did?
on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
Okay, James, point made. (I hope you’re all ashamed of yourselves).

2. Seriously- ‘What is an illiberal?’
on Irfan Ahmed’s blog.
Teasing out the distinctions between liberal views on free speech and censorship.

3. Gavin Webb Latest – Democracy Wins! on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
Alex supplies an answer to the question: “even if you disagree with a lot of what Gavin Webb has to say, who’s displayed the most fundamental lack of understanding of what it means to be a Liberal here?”

4. Internal elections – is this the best we can do?
on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ himmelgarten café blog.
“But what a choice. Six elections. 85 places to be filled. 161 candidates. 212 pages of manifestos to read.” Makes you proud to be a Lib Dem, doesn’t it?

5. Read all about it: Ian Oakley sentenced on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing blog.
“Yet again, there seems to be a deafening silence from Cameron’s Compassionate Conservatives. Still no apology. The whitewash continues.”

6. The knock on the door every parent dreads on Meral Ece’s blog.
A sad, true life story. All good wishes to Meral and her family.

7. Doncaster Lib Dems at centre of ‘BNP language’ storm
on Darrell Goodliffe’s Moments of Clarity blog.
Is terming our political opponents ‘non-British citizens’ risking pandering to prejudice?

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). My thanks to those who nominated this week’s postings.

8. Questions to a Presidential Candidate – Looz Views on Linda Jack’s Lindyloo’s Muze blog.
Still not made your mind up? See if Linda’s 20 questions help you decide.

9. Party Membership – It’s simple really!
on Martin Land’s New Model Army blog.
“A simple to administer, practical scheme that acknowledges changing times.” Curious? Then click above to find out more.

10. Television Versus The Internet: Government Takes Sides on Charlotte Gore’s blog.
“They are the party of the pits, of tractor production, of the last century.” Guess which party Charlotte’s talking about.

11. Children at conferences on Susan Gaszczak’s blog.
Nominated by LDV reader Lloyd Harris: “I nominate it because it helped change policy for federal conference, admission for kids accompanied by their parents.”

12. Watford update: Richard of Tudor gave battle in vain on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing blog.
What I call a good news story.

That’s it for this week. Happy blogging.

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