Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #178

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 177th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (11th – 17th July, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

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As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. An Apology to the Labour Party on Boris Pomroy’s blog.
A recent convert from Labour to the Lib Dems recuses himself, all thanks to Lord Prescott’s silver-tongued powers of persuasion.

2. Tony Greaves: “It really is appalling” on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
Lord Greaves ditches his weekly local newspaper column on the principle that if you’ve got nothing nice to say about the Coalition Government, best to keep schtum.

3. Birds of a feather: how the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party shapes up on Mark Pack’s blog.
Dr Pack gives the Parliamentary Party a once-over, and concludes, “the future may be less harmonious than the past.”

4. LibDem ministers “swallowed the budget like rotten food” – secret diary of a civil servant on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
The bitter musings of a Labour-sympathising civil servant; or sage warnings those of us in the Coalition should take very seriously? You decide.

5. Three reasons why Dave will not cut and run on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons.
And here’s a fourth: Cameron would far rather rely on the votes of Lib Dem MPs than the votes of the right-wing Conservative Home fringe.

6. Help Sharon wreck the Labour Party on Jonathan Wallace’s blog.
Not a fan of Sunderland North’s Sharon Hodgson, it appears.

7. Zac Goldsmith and the posters that will last 50 years – UPDATED on Alex Folkes’ A Lanson Boy.
Thank you, Alex, for offering me the opportunity to link again to that interview between Zac and Channel 4’s Jon Snow.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are normally chosen using the LibDig bookmarking website for party members, the site where you can highlight blog-posts you want to share with your fellow Lib Dems. Remember, though, you’re still more than welcome to nominate for the Golden Dozen a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – using the steam-powered method of e-mail … all you have to do is drop a line to [email protected].

8. Graduate Tax: The worst of both worlds on Bolivia Newton-John’s blog.
‘I think it should be the students who pay, and I think our current system of income-contingent loans is the only way that can happen,’ says Bolivia.

9. Widening the Scope on Duncan Stott’s Split Horizons.
A valid point: ‘if the result of the referendum is people choosing to reject FPTP for AV, why should the election of our local councillors still use the rejected system? The referendum should be on the electoral system used for both national and local elections.’

10. I agree with Dave – he just doesn’t get it on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing.
On those Raoul Moat-supporting weirdos: ‘those who have signed up to the Facebook pages are simply using the internet in the same way as a loud-mouthed boor in the pub: shouting the odds, getting a few murmurs of approval whilst the vast majority mumble into their drinks and hope the idiot goes away.’

11. Wargaming Vince Cable on the Futility Monster’s blog.
‘I hope he knows what he’s doing. Today’s speech will serve to raise expectations that the Lib Dems are not going to turn their back on over ten years of university policy.’

12. A(nother) BBC Question Time Double Fail on Caron Lindsay’s Caron’s Musings.
The Beeb’s flagship topical debating show parades its anti-Lib Dem bias again: ‘3 from a Labour/left point of view and 2 from the Tories/lunatic right wing tabloid fringe.’

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading.

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