Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #200

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 200th 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 (12th -18th December, 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. What advice will Richard Grayson give Labour? by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan writes about his fellow alumnus, and Richard replies in the comments thread.

2. Because of the way the Commons works, the Liberal Democrats may split. A group led by Clegg would then work with the Conservatives – and fight the next election on a common manifesto on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
…Except this is “silly speculation”, says Paul.

3. President Tim rebukes the Miliband Tendency by Andy Mayer on Liberal Vision.
Andy writes, “we are pleased to see Tim’s reaction to Miliband’s latest attempt to split the party.”

4. Two great Lib Dem ministerial announcements on Matthew Harris for Hendon.
“Seven months in, the novelty of having Liberal Democrat Cabinet Ministers has not worn off for me. For years, we’ve banged on in opposition about the things that we would like to do in government, now we are finally doing some of them – at last!” says Matthew.

5. When you kick us, it only makes us stronger by Lisa Harding on Spiderplant Land.
Says Lisa, “We cannot let one issue divide and conquer and we cannot let that issue tarnish the other good work that are doing and have yet to do.”

6. Now is no time to desert the Lib Dems…we must fight for the soul of our party! by Mathew Hulbert on A Liberal Helping.
“There is more that unites us than divides us, much more,” writes Mathew.

7. This is why we elected Tim Farron as President! by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
Caron prefers the voice of Tim to emails from the Party.

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. GEO Transgender Workshop, part 2 on Zoe O’Connell’s Complicity.
“What’s being discussed as possible content for next years Transgender Action Plan?” (Submitted by zoeimogen via LibDig.)

9. Richard Grayson on Mill, Hobhouse and T.H. Green by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
As Jonathan points out, if you’re going to criticise others for relying on mid-19th century thinkers, it’s a good idea if you don’t in turn rely on those who aren’t much more modern either. (Submitted by markpack via LibDig.)

10. Iain Dale has er… not quit blogging really on Jennie Rigg’s blog.
“I am really amazed by the number of people who are celebrating/mourning the death of Iain Dale’s blog when he says in the relevant post that he’s going to keep posting when he feels like it. The triumph of headline only culture seems complete now.” (Submitted by Jennie Rigg via email.)

11. Alright Labour, If You Insist On Our Help by Jason Kay on Neue Politik
“Five simple pieces of policy advice for Labour – starting with “Don’t torture”.” (Submitted by lizw via LibDig.)

12. Intellectual snobs by Jon Walls on Contrasting Sounds.
“Jon wonders why some Lib Dems let the side down by being, well, intellectual snobs.” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig.)

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

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