Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #193

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 193rd 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 (24th — 30th 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. Nick Clegg on Desert Island Discs, why I want to smack him round the head and the truth about him and smoking on Caron Lindsay’s Caron’s Musings.
‘Mr Clegg seems to have quite a charmed life at home if his time with his kids exclusively consists of those good moments and none of the practical ones.’

2. Benefit cuts will not be approved – Hughes
on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
Simon Hughes pledges to overturn the Coalition’s housing benefits cap.

3. Dodgy councillor on James Barber’s blog.
On a Southwark Labour councillor’s conviction for benefit fraud.

4. Lib Dem Ministers, you’ve betrayed our Party’s beliefs enough on Michael Carchrie Campbell’s Gyronny Herald.
A shot across the party’s bows.

5. The most powerful party political broadcast I’ve seen broadcast live on Mark Pack’s blog.
All to the patriotic tune of Land of Hopeless Tories.

6. Peerages for Brian Paddick and Evan Harris? on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
A lovely thought, but no (not this time anyway).

7. PMQs: Bob Russell teaches Ed Miliband how to do it on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
Ask a serious question of the Prime Minister, that is.

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. It’s time to take the politics out of poppy wearing on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing.
“Sara cautions against ‘poppy fascism'”. (Submitted by helenuffett via LibDig.)

9. Labour fought the last election on a promise to curb Housing Benefit on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
“Jonathan Calder goes reading the last Labour manifesto. Can you guess what he found?” (Submitted by mark.pack via LibDig.)

10. Another email from a Lib Dem minister to the party members by dazmando on Bracknell Blog.
“Today you may have noticed that we did something you don’t agree with again.” (Submitted by dazmando via LibDig.)

11. Labour’s Harriet Harman and the Highland ginger rodent, Danny Alexander on Andrew Reeves’ Running Blog.
“A few home truths from Andrew to Harriet Harman and the whole Labour Party.” (Submitted by Caron via LibDg.)

12. The Future of LibDem Thinking on Lisa Harding’s spiderplantland.
Interesting account of a debate at the Institute for Government in Westminster. (Nominated by dazmando via LibDig.)

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

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