Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #244

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 244th 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 (16-22 October, 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. Always stand a candidate on ALDC.
We didn’t put up a candidate in two elections this week.

2. Lib Dem by-election win, Labour’s decline on Daniel Brett’s blog.
“Former Saffron Walden mayor Mike Hibbs has regained his Audley ward seat on the town council, five months after losing it, in a decisive by-election win with a solid turnout.”

3. A solution to the Lib Dems problems: Start telling the truth by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“The truth is the best antidote to people’s anger and suspicion, so we have got to get the truth out there,” Matthew agrees with Nick.

4. Lib Dems – Stick a fork in us – we’re done on The Ramblings of Neil Monnery.
Neil punctures the pessimism.

5. What we’re all missing in the Mike Hancock affair by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
Caron looks at it from Katia Zatuliveter’s point of view.

6. Five Eurosceptic fallacies by Matthew Green on Thinking Liberal.
Matthew myth-busts.

7. New economic liberal group in the Lib Dems: A storm brewing for the party? by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
On managing party groups with differing economic views.

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. One of those moments that makes this Coalition worth the hassle by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Mark writes in praise of the Pupil Premium (Submitted by oneexwidow via LibDig.)

9. Together we can tackle hunger by Nick Clegg on DFID Bloggers.
“Nick Clegg guest blogs on the DFID site: “Right now, across the Horn of Africa, millions of people are in need of critical help. The rains have failed this year, and the resulting drought has plunged many of the world’s poorest into crisis and in Somalia, into famine.”” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig.)

10. A local Liberal hero who knew why Liberals still banded together to continue-extended and amended the struggle by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
“A posting about David Bentliff a key player in the revival of the Liberal Party in Southport in the early 1950’s.” (Submitted by iainbb via LibDig.)

11. Rennie attacked for being pro equal marriage and accepting intern from evangelical organisation. by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“Is the (Glasgow)Herald seriously suggesting we should discriminate against somebody on the basis of their religion? Really? Caron on the importance of religious tolerance to LibDems and the diversity of our values.” (Submitted by GHmltn via LibDig.)

12. Video and photo links: Here are the Morris Dancers who danced around David Cameron as he did his reshuffle on Friday by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Charlbury Morris Dancers in subliminal messaging scoop.

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

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