Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #254

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 254th 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 (25-31 December, 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. A Labour Party we could work with by Tom Papworth on Liberal Vision.
Tom says it’s not as crazy as it might sound.

2. Do the Lib Dems have a Clegg problem if we wanted to work with Labour in 2015? by Andrew Emmerson on the Yellow Bastard.
Andrew’s also considering a coalition with Labour.

3. In which I am mentioned in First Minister’s Questions… by Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
Alex Salmond namechecks Andrew Page.

4. Margaret Moran may be too ill to face trail by Andy Strange on Strange Thoughts.
The former Luton South MP may not be well enough to face trial for expenses related charges.

5. Ed Miliband; doomed to lose the next election? by Chris Sams on The Ginger Liberal from Medway.
A look at the polls… and a history lesson.

6. How did I do on my 2011 predictions? on Mark Thompson’s blog.
Mark’s mixed bag.

7. Narrativewatch: Nick Clegg’s “Happy New Year” message by Neil Stockley.
“Facts tell, but stories sell . . .”.

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 helen@libdemvoice.org.

8. Why I’ve never felt more at home with the Liberal Democrats by Josh Dixon on Liberal Insight.
“A Good News New Year message: “We are a party that is founded upon fairness and democracy, something which may often be lacking in society. If we utilise what we do have and not allow it to slip away under a barrage of negative press and comments then we can really make a change for the better.” ” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig.)

9. Opportunistic party bashing from within rears its head again by Lisa Harding on Spiderplant Land.
“Spidey gives some constructive criticism to another blogger and their attempt to stir up discord within the party.” (Submitted by cjmillsnun via LibDig.)

10. Danny Alexander is more influential than Simon Cowell by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
“That is the moral that the John O’Groat Journal and Caithness Courier draws from GQ magazine’s list of the 100 most influential men in Britain”

11. 12 Predictions for 2012 by Caron Lindsay on Caron’s Musings.
Politics, sport… and summink about Karen, Rory and River… 😉

12. It’s been quite a year by Lynne Featherstone MP.
Lynne looks back on 2011 in government and in Hornsey and Wood Green.

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

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