Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #236

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 236th 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 (21-27 August, 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. How ICM and YouGov compare on Mark Pack’s blog.
A graph.

2. Is Nick off to Brussels? Might be some truth in it by Daniel Furr on Too Liberal.
Daniel would rather see Nick at the UN.

3. Stop Using Clegg as a Whipping-Boy! by Jonathan Fryer.
“Take the trouble to find out what Nick Clegg the man is like, what he believes in, and why he felt it was right to take a radical party like the Liberal Democrats into the Coalition after last year’s inconclusive election.”

4. The economy is flatlining, Cameron’s embroiled in scandal, England’s been rioting, we’re bombing Libya…. And the Tories are still ahead by Richard Clare on A Brief History of Liberty.
“Just looking at this graph, I can’t see any way, short of some unexpected disaster for the Coalition or Conservatives, that Ed Miliband could be PM in 2015.”

5. Bill Walker performs amazing u-turn on “homophobic remarks” by Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
Andrew imagines…

6. In Praise of Peter Mandelson: Finding strengths in Nick Clegg by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
Clegg’s a fighter not a quitter.

7. Tuition Fees. It’s not just setting out the facts. The problem is getting anyone to listen. by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Fees: not just the facts, but the truth.

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 cracks start to show in #ldconf vetting system by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“Vital description of why we need to support the motion on Sunday against the highly illiberal and flawed police vetting system for conference.” (Submitted by GeorgeWPotter via LibDig.)

9. Time for FCC to get the picture #ldconf by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
“As the first tranche of party stalwarts to be denied accreditation due to their submitted photos, the issue of FCC’s decision, timing and Greater Manchester Police is raised.” (Submitted by Stephen Glenn via LibDig.)

10. Blogosphere? or Blog-man-osphere? by Kelly-Marie Blundell on Political Parry.
“On Harry Cole’s (male-blog-dominated) Evening Standard article” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig.)

11. Girls are brighter than boys – but let’s try to forget that on Mary Reid’s blog.
On educating the individual – important background by Mary.

12. Time to let the Naked Rambler on his way. by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“Whatever you think of naturism, locking someone up for five years for it shows the problem isn’t him, it’s the lunatic court.” (Submitted by Alex Wilcock via phone.)

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

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