Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #192

Welcome to a catchup of the Golden Dozen’s 192nd 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 (17th — 23rd 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. If I’d Wanted A Government That Attacked The Poor, I’d Have Voted Labour by Andrew Hickey on Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
    On cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review: “we might not be able to stop them, but the least we can do is not pretend they’re somehow fair or right.”

    2. I wasn’t go to vote in the Lib Dem Presidential elections until … on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger.
    The campaign video that was a game-changer for Nich.

    3. Comprehensive Spending Review on Lynne Featherstone MP’s blog.
    “It is a far, far better product for the steel and fire in which it has been forged in the crossfire of two parties with very different approaches but aiming for the same outcome – a fairer (solvent) country,” says Lynne.

    4. A classy put-down from David Heath on Mark Pack’s blog.
    Always remember to contribute something positive to the debate.

    5. Tower Hamlets’ New-Style Mayor on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
    On the Independent, Lutfur Rahman, becoming Tower Hamlets’ first directly-elected Mayor.

    6. Prime Minister’s Questions and the Comprehensive Spending Review on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
    “…the problem for Labour (and for dissident Liberal Democrats, come to that) is that they have not yet formulated any alternative economic policies… So over to you, Mr Miliband.”

    7. “Riled, Lib Dems are making a poor job of defending themselves” on Nick Thornsby’s blog.
    “We have to be more rigorous in standing up for what we believe in, and far bolder in selling the positive things that we are doing,” Nick urges Lib Dem MPs and activists alike.

    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. Lessons from Canada on wielding power on Brian Robson’s blog.
    In short: decide, deliver, declare.

    9. Some Lib Dem wins in the spending review – but who will speak up for the poor now? by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
    “If the economy doesn’t grow and there are no jobs for people, then too many people will face terrible hardship. We can’t allow that to happen on our watch.”

    10. Is the poverty move the LDs “reward” for student fees? by Mike Smithson on Political Betting.
    ‘Mike Smithson asks a blunt question: “Which would [Nick Clegg’s] party prefer – help for students or poor children?” ‘ (submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig.)

    11. New poll shows reformers how to win – and lose – the AV referendum on Neil Stockley’s blog.
    Neil examines the most- and least-effective arguments for the Alternative Vote.

    12. Spectator: “Will transsexuals destroy women’s sport?” on Zoe O’Connell’s Complicity.
    ‘“Sure, if all the women athletes transition to become male, that could damage women’s sport” springs to mind as a humorous response to the front-page headline,’ replies Zoe.

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

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