Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #449

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 449th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere (including for this week only a little glimpse of blogging beyond the LibDem universe)… Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (31st January – 7th February, 2016), together with a hand-picked quintet, 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 @markpack ‘s 20% strategy is not enough – The Liberal Democrats must develop a clear political strategy by Matthew on thinking liberal. Apparently, “the party has to be public about its preferences between Britain’s two main parties”. Pass the 24 year old Caol Ila and the pearl handled revolver.

2 Why the 2014 coup against Clegg was botched by Nick Barlow on What You Can Get Away With. A teaser from the latest edition of Liberator – available now.

3 Is it just possible the Tories want Zac Goldsmith to lose in London? by Nick Tyrone on Nick Tyrone. A possible cunning plan.

4 How Not To Deal With Activists, Courtesy the Britain Stronger in Europe Campaign by Andrew Hickey on Sci-Ence! Justice Leak! News of an “utter shambles”.

5 How Nick Clegg was nearly toppled in 2014 by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England. Do you mean to say that you haven’t got your latest copy of Liberator?!

6 Why unhappy Labour MPs won’t split away by Mark Pack on Mark Pack. A lesson from history.

7 Jon Hunt is new leader of Birmingham Lib Dems by Mark Pack on Mark Pack. Congratulations to Jon.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted, and for this week only including a few Non-Liberal Democrat blogs. This week’s final five selection comes from An All Women shortlist (Warf! Warf!). To nominate a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s, all you have to do is drop a line to [email protected]. You can also contact us via Twitter, where we’re @libdemvoice

8. The Blood is the Life for 31-01-2016 – A selection of articles hand-picked by Jennie Rigg on Jennie Rigg (I think) including – “Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy, with handy downloadable graphics”.

9. Necro-nonce© policing and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe by Anna Raccoon on Anna Raccoon. An interesting glimpse into police procedures.

10. Should men have their own equality movement? by Sarah Fletcher on The F-word. Music to the ears of the Lib Dem Voice “What about men?” fraternity 😉

11. Thousands of disabled people have lost their specialist Motability vehicles because of Conservative benefit cuts and many more are likely to be affected by Kitty S Jones on Kittysjones. Does what it says on the tin.

12, W H Smith and Edinburgh Airport by Lesley Riddoch on Another side of Lesley Riddoch. Lesley takes action about the lack of works by Scottish authors in a high visibility branch of the well known book store.

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

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* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and member of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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