Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #195

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 195th 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 (7th-14th November, 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. At least Nick Clegg has been exposed for what he is by Nich Starling on Norfolk Blogger.
Nich Starling tells us he told us so.

2. Should I help in Oldham East and Saddleworth?on Colin Ross’s blog.
It all depends on a certain NUS pledge…

3. The shorter Tim Farron on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
Still contains tuition fees.

4. The left should be very careful what they wish for on John Abrams Liberal Revolution blog.
Voting “no” to AV may come back and bite them.

5. A NUS Protest Backfired by Mark Cole on A Life Inside and Outside of Politics.
“Shame on the militant few who have wrecked what should’ve been a peaceful protest,” writes Mark.

6. Help! Police! Tory MP in distress!! by Tom Papworth on Liberal Vision.
Never mind the Big Society.

7. Has Phil Woolas’s agent got away with it? on Chris Davies MEP’s blog.
Will Joe Fitzpatrick share the rap?

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. A bit of historical perspective on today’s student demonstration… on Martin Tod’s blog.
“Martin Tod was at the fees protest of 1984.” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig.)

9. Rage against the party machine by Sara Bedford on Always win when you’re singing.
“Sara is passionate about free education and is angry, particularly with Jo Swinson (Vince Cable’s PPS) who is backing the Browne report which doesn’t apply in Scotland where she is an MP…”. (Submitted by cjmillsnun via LibDig.)

10. Several hundred turn up to celebrate Liberal by election victory by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
“including amazing excuses from the Tories-they lost the seat apparently because of the Eton and Harrow cricket match which deprived them of 300-400 cars (this is 1911)The victor Southport Liberal candidate in 1910 Baron de Forest.” (Submitted by iainbb via LibDig.)

11. The Negative Narrative on Jazz Hands Serious Business.
“A look at how the national narrative overshadows the facts of Lib Dem politics – to both our benefit and detriment – and how we can cope with the tide turned against us.” (Submitted by via LibDig.)

12. Help Rank the Secretaries by Duncan Stott on Split Horizons.
An interesting but fiendishly tricky exercise. (Submitted by oneexwidow via LibDig.)

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

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  • @Colin Ross

    This was posted on Iain Roberts thread.

    David Allen
    Posted 16th November 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Those who might be thinking of campaigning in “Old and Sad” might be interested in the below response to my enquiries. Elwyn Watkins, the Lib Dem candidate, signed the NUS pledge before the last election, but now….

    Dear Mr Allen

    Thank you for your email in which you asked for Elwyn Watkins’s views on tuition fees.

    Elwyn would like to see tuition fees scrapped, which is the policy of the Liberal Democrats, but he agrees with the Coalition that it is just not realistic to make it happen right now.

    The Government’s proposals are better and fairer than the system Labour left us with and Elwyn would vote for them as the best option we’re going to get right now, thanks to the mess Labour left behind. However, he will still be campaigning for tuition fees to be scrapped in the long term.

    With best wishes
    Sarah Morris
    On behalf of Elwyn Watkins’s campaign team

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