Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #245

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 245th 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 (23-29 October, 2011), together with five hand-picked posts, 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. My stroke on Ian Eiloart’s blog.
Ian’s honest and moving account. Best wishes, Ian, for a full recovery.

2. Professor John Curtice sees “obvious” problem in SNP Referendum plan by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
“Labour and the Tories must not be allowed to suppress our future ambitions,” says Caron.

3. Huhne and Pryce – sword of Damocles?: Court orders Sunday Times to hand over more than 100 emails exchanged with Vicky Pryce by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.

4. Liberal Democrat News: The party should stop calling for referendums on Europe by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
“The more we can do to keep the issue of Europe at the centre of British general election campaigns, the harder life will be for David Cameron,” writes Jonathan.

5. Is it really necessary to elect a new Regional Executive every year? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
East of England Lib Dems vote to increase their Executive’s term to 2 years.

6. Liberals advance in the Isle of Man by Richard Kemp on But what Does Richard Kemp Think?
Our sister party, Liberal Vannin, triples its members in the House of Keys.

7. Today is the day I say NO to Labour lies on tuition fees. Won’t you join me? by Andrew Emmerson on The Yellow Bastard.
Andrew attacks Labour’s politics of fear.

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. City Councillor Named in Top 101 “Pink List” on Sarah Brown’s blog.
“Cambridge City Councillor, Sarah Brown has been named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig.)

9. Beith versus Heath: A fight sexier than that over Twitter? by Andy Strange on Strange Thoughts.
“After witnessing a polite and decorous parliamentary punch up I ask whether when Liberal Democrats in government end up behaving like government ministers this is inevitable? And if it is, is it such a bad thing?” (Submitted by andyms via LibDig.)

10. Insert shocking headline on university fees by Kelly-Marie Blundell on Political Parry.
“One must wonder when the student should be considering university if they cannot read the finer detail on the increased fee system and understand that they will, in fact, be far better off.”

11. The lies they tell about the Liberal Democrats on Peter Black AM’s blog.
Peter points out why the Liberal Democrat manifesto cannot be implemented without the support of another party.

12. Sleeping above Liberal Democrat history by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Of Norbreck and Norcalympia.

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

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