Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #197

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 197th 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 (21st -27th 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. Why I Will Not Be Helping In The Old & Sad By-Election on Andrew Hickey’s Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
Andrew explains.

2. UPDATED: “Promise”, “Break”, “Betrayal”, “Commitment”, “Manifesto”, “Pledge”, “Trust” – all these words get shoved into the great Vince Cable word marmaliser, and an insipid goo comes out the other end on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
On signing the tuition fees pledge: “That was done on an individual basis by the MPs, not as part of the manifesto process, and was not dependent on the LibDems becoming the government,” says Paul.

3. LibDem ministers may abstain on tuition fee vote on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
Paul says protesting students should first make sure they understand what they’re protesting about.

4. And The Headline News Is: The Lib Dem’s Looking Three Ways On Student Fees. on A Splash of Liberal Optimism.

5. Oldham – A report from the front on Neil Bradbury’s Northern Neil blog.
What Neil learned on the doorstep.

6. No Oldham East & Saddleworth by-election before Christmas on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
All the better for pre-Christmas campaigning then.

7. What’s the point of being a Lib Dem Member? on Neil Woollcott’s blog.
Neil wants Lib Dem ministers to implement Lib Dem policy in Coalition government.

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. In conversation with David Laws and Rob Wilson by Lisa Harding on Spiderplant Land.
“Excellent account of one of David Laws’s book launch events giving the inside story of the coalition’s formation” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig.)

9. Nick Clegg should speak about liberalism not “progressivism” on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
“A brief but insightful review of Clegg’s Guardian article” (Submitted by oneexwidow via LibDig.)

10. Margaret Beckett: your ignorance is showing from Chris Richards’ On Liberty Now blog .
“Three reasons Beckett is misguided on AV: 1) Fiji is under a military dictatorship 2) Turnout in Australian elections, prior to AV, fluctuated and in the two elections preceding, was not at their lowest level 3) Labour uses AV for leadership elections” (Submitted by Chris Richards via LibDig.)

11. Lefty firebrands demand a better deal for top earners by Joe Otten on Joe’s Extra Bold Blog.
“The tuition fees story rumbles on… A defence of the policy and an exposition of the impact on graduates of the new repayment rules.” (Submitted by oneexwidow via LibDig.)

12. Just when you thought MPs’ expenses had been sorted out … on Mary Reid’s blog.
“The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has said it won’t publish all the details of MPs’ expenses in future after all. Mary tells us who to write to…” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig.)

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

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