Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #219

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 219th 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 April, 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. Breaking: Liverpool Lib Dem Councillor defects to Labour by Charlotte Henry on Virtually Naked.
There’s nothing like timing, notes Charlotte.

2. Opinion polls which show some fundemental beliefs about Lib Dem strategy are wrong (and what needs to be done) by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
Matthew says, “People do not vote for what you do, they vote for why you do it.”

3. Why haven’t the Liberal Democrats broken through and what is necessary for them to do so? on Mark Pack’s blog.

4. An example of how Labour is out of touch by Daniel Furr on Too lib·er·al [adj.].
On Peter Hain’s comment about the BBC’s Royal Wedding/non-Miliband coverage.

5. An unexpected inheritance for my campaign by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
The legacy of Edgar Granville.

6. Doctor Who series 32 Episode 1: Only one disappointment by Jennie Rigg.
You can never have too many tapdancing daleks.

7. Twas on the Thursday afternoon, when the candidate came to call… by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Mark handles Conservative callers and domestic disasters with aplomb.

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. Tuition fees increase – it ain’t over til the first student pays? by Chris Richards at On Liberty Now.
“The first repayments will therefore be 3 years” (Submitted by Chris Richards via LibDig.)

9. Good is the enemy of great… by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
“I always struggle when people ask me to make a pragmatic decision rather than a philosophical or even principled one…” (Submitted by Richard Morris via LibDig.)

10. Day 3769: If You Strike This Referendum Down, We Will Become More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine! by Richard Flowers on the very fluffy diary of millennium dome, elephant.
“Millennium urges: “Now go out and be positive for CHANGE! And May the Fifth be with you!”” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig.)

11. Nick Clegg dances for AV #yes2AV by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“Wonderful little video” (Submitted by Romer Hoseason via LibDig.)

12. YES! To AV – 1 by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
“Alex says: “It’s hardly a winning post when you flop down barely halfway along the course and they have to carry the “winning post” back to you, is it?”” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig.)

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

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