Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #213

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 213th 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 (13th – 19th March, 2011), 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. So what would a more Lib Dem influenced coalition look like? by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
Iain adds what the Guardian’s Jackie Ashley left out.

2. Why I’m no longer interested in being in politics on Nick Radford’s blog.
Six reasons why Nick’s ready for a new adventure.

3. In the end “we decided Clegg could go **** himself and went for a drink” by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
The drinks reception that had to be abandoned.

4. Conservative Councillor Defects to Liberal Democrats by Ian Morton on Wycombe Liberal Democrats.
Councillor Paul Lambourne has been “quietly impressed” by Nick Clegg.

5. Will Tim Farron be the next Deputy Prime Minister? by Mathew Hulbert on A Liberal Helping.
“But as for the future…who knows?” says Mathew.

6. Stockport’s Cllr Ann Smith reveals facts about Cllr David White by John Abrams on Liberal Revolution.
Behind the Stockport defections.

7. Lib Dems gain seat from Conservatives by Nigel Ashton on Meols Lib Dems.
News from “true-blue Tunbridge Wells”

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. When is it ok to scream and swear at a 14 year old? by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“Alex White, the star of the Scottish Liberal Democrats was verbally abused at the Sheffield conference by some of the protestors.” (Submitted by andrew.reeves via LibDig.)

9. The 5,000 Labour Voters Who Secured This Tory – Lib Dem Coalition by Duncan Stott on Split Horizons.
“Another excellent post from Duncan showing how the vagaries of the FPTP system means that 5,000 Labour voters actually allowed the Tory/Lib Dem coalition to happen.” (Submitted by Mark Thompson via LibDig.)

10. Nick Clegg’s speech to Scottish Conference by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“As always, Caron “hits the nail on the head”. She has a rare talent – incisiveness – one which many of us would aspire to!” (Submitted by silver_voter via LibDig.)

11. Someone threw an egg at my house. Is this a political rite of passage? by Richard Morris on A View From Ham Common.
“How can we expect anyone to get involved in politics at any level if we can’t all be a bit more civil to each other, let alone descend into abuse?”. (Submitted by Richard Morris via LibDig.)

12. TransMediaWatch/Channel 4 MoU launch event by Zoe O’ Connell on Complicity.
“LGBT LibDems’ Zoe O’Connell reporting on last night’s launch of Trans Media Watch’s Memorandum of Understanding with Channel 4. The launch was attended by Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone and President of LGBT LibDems Dr Evan Harris.” (Submitted by embrownbill via LibDig.)

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

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