Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #190

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 190th 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 (3rd — 9th October, 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. The incredible selfishness of the rich on Tom King’s The World Forgetting, By The World Forgot.
‘This is a cut which will only affect people on a decent income. And yet everyone from the Mail to the Guardian still attacks it.’

2. Go forth and multiply Torygraph! Hands off our Nick! He’s a liberal – don’t you understand that? No – thought not on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
‘What a bunch of poncey masticaters!’ explodes Paul. Click on the link to find out what and why.

3. Marching along to Shirley Williams 80th birthday Party (photos) by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
A personal reflection on an extraordinary political life.

4. Child Benefit Shock – my first reaction on Caron Lindsay’s Musings.
Caron’s three issues with the Coalition’s plans to end child benefit for higher-rate taxpayers.

5. The Universal Fallacy on Adam Bell’s Decline of the Logos.
‘What’s important is the principle that the welfare state is always there to provide a safety net if things go wrong.’

6. Jack Straw calls Labours shadow cabinet selection ‘Barking mad’ by dazmando on Bracknell Blog.
Democracy is, after all, the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. As Someone Famous once said.

7. Clegg’s Revenge on Chris Davies MEP’s blog.
Bad luck Europhobe, Roger Helmer — Nick Clegg’s won a pragmatic Euro policy for the Coalition despite the Tory party’s nuttiness.

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. Barack Obama vs Vince Cable (2010) on education
on Olga Ivannikova’s Blog.
‘I want to join the Liberal Youth group in calling on the party’s MPs to reject any fee increase, and scientists protesting against cuts to grants. If Britain is to have a stronger and more diversified economy this seems to be exactly the wrong thing to do.’ (Submitted by cjw via LibDig.)

9. The forgotten liberal hero: Earl Grey
on Mark Pack’s blog.
The Liberal Prime Minister who saw through the Great Reform Act.

10. I’m Not a Statistic…But Came So Close on Stephen Glenn’s Liberal Journal.
“A moving and thoughtful piece about bullying and suicide”, says Mark Pack on LibDig.

11. The long shadow of the Treaty of Versailles on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
‘Germany pays the last installment of its reparations (debt) for the First World War tomorrow.’ (Submitted by markpack via LibDig.)

12. But what if you have greasy, dirty, thinning, quiffed hair? on Malcolm Coles eponymous lower-case blog (and he’s not a Lib Dem either, but still well worth highlighting).
“Are you a pink-eyed benefit cheat? Get a combover and you’re safe.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig.)

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

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  • I have voted Liberal in 5 General Elections including this year and i have always voted Liberal in local elections. As from the time this Liberal Party formed the coalition government with the Conservatives I have become increasingly disillusioned with the Liberals due to consistent betrayals of the Liberal policies and principles that I voted in favour of. The ethos of those Liberals now holding ministerial posts now appears in all respects to be power at any cost. The issue of tuition fees now represents the last straw for me and should too few Liberal MP’s speak out against the reprehensible scrapping of one of its key election pledges and oppose it in parliament then I pledge to never vote Liberal in any future elections and to actively campaign against the party, and unlike Liberal ministers I would never compromise a pledge given. The party has worked for so long to form a government and it is becoming increasingly obvious that this one occasion means 5 years of coalition rule before decades in the political wilderness. There is little time left for the party to salvage some of its reputation and dignity, and prevent a mass exodus of its core support.

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