Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #250

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 250th 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 (27 November – 3 December, 2011), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

Don’t forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. Liberal Democrat rebranding by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.

2. Ed Balls calls for Lab – Lib Coalition by Richard Clare on A Brief History of Liberty.
Richard quotes the Independent on Sunday.

3. Labour actually believe they left a golden legacy on Jonathan Wallace’s blog.
Jonathan looks at Labour’s legacy in Gateshead.

4. “This has been a surprisingly successful autumn [for…] the Liberal Democrats” on Mark Pack’s blog.
Mark quotes Martin Kettle in the Guardian.

5. Whilst a tragic death should not be clouded by allegations of sexuality – we shouldn’t allow homophobia to continue in football. on Lee Dargue’s blog.
Time to tackle it, says Lee.

6. Roger Crouch to be Lib Dem candidate in the Feltham & Heston by-election by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.

7. My new piece is up at the New Statesman & will upset lots of people. by Richard Morris on A View From Ham Common.
“How lovely it is that we’ve started setting the agenda.”.

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. What part of Yes do you not understand? by James Graham on Quaequam Blog!
“Cripes. Massive blog from James Graham on Yes to AV” (Submitted by niles via LibDig.)

9. “Scotland’s nature is to be Liberal” – Tim Farron by Tim Farron MP on Scots Gazette.
(Submitted by Gavin Hamilton via email.)

10. Creating Lib Dem Visions: Successful politics needs to have a vision for the area by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“If you created a Lib Dem vision for your area how would this change what you campaigned on?” (Submitted by MatthewJ via LibDig.)

11. Glum councillors website is back by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
Three cheers! (Or should that be three tears?)

12. Viral video dispels myths around equal marriage and family by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
“It is so powerful as it emphasises the point that families raised by gay couples are no better, no worse, than heterosexual families, they are just a family with all the difficulties and joys that brings.”

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

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