Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #232

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 232nd 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 (24-30 July, 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. Mike Hancock vs Norman Baker (in the mind of the Guardian) by Alex Folkes on A Lanson Boy.
Pushing the boundaries…

2. Changes to Clegg’s inner circle needed for success by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
Lessons from Abraham Lincoln.

3. Busting the myths on calamitous Lib Dem polling by Richard Clare on A Brief History of Liberty.
Richard takes the long view.

4. Lib Dem villain of the month: Annette Brooke by Francis Gaskin on Stratagem XXXVIII.
Francis disagrees with compulsory cycling helmets.

5. Realistic predictions for Lib Dem performance for 2015 General Election by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics .
Matthew’s plotting.

6. Indications the new Lib Dem strategy is working? 16% in polls and old voters coming back by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“Maybe there are green shoots appearing?”

7. Electoral Commission clears Chris Huhne over election expenses on Mark Pack’s blog.

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. The Oslo bomber didn’t act alone by George W. Potter on The Potter Blogger.
“George W. Potter launches a scorching attack on the spreaders of hatred who peddle racism and xenophobia but try to wash their hands of any responsibility when people use their ideology to justify political violence.” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig.)

9. America is fucked by George W. Potter on The Potter Blogger.
“Ok, there’s a swear word in the title – but it’s actually pretty appropriate, as is George’s explanation of the US debt crisis.” (Submitted by Caron via LibDig.)

10. The real Murdoch scandal by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
“Phone hacking is serious, for sure, but they’re over-shadowing reports of alleged corruption that deserve our attention.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig.)

11. What the Lib Dems Stand For – By the Four Mayoral Contenders by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
“Alex Wilcock’s useful mini-hustings for the Lib Dems’ London Mayoral hopefuls.” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig.)

12. “Think it possible you may be mistaken” by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
“Words of wisdom from Oliver Cromwell for the Republican Tea Party from James Oates.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig.)

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

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