Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #269

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 269th 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 (8-14 April, 2012), 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. Now people don’t even want to stand for the Lib Dems in elections! What we need to do to reverse this worrying trend by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“How about concentrating ourselves over fewer government departments or even taking over two departments completely?” asks Matthew.

2. Conservatives jumping to UKIP – are MPs next? by Morgan Griffith-David on Spineless Liberal.
Listing a few suspects…

3. On THAT insulting Economist front cover which disgracefully pokes fun at a proud country for its financial frailty by Stephen Tall on The Collected Stephen Tall.
Same mag, different Union.

4. Can Ken Livingstone make his tax affairs even worse? Yes he can on Mark Pack’s blog.
“…the accountant wasn’t aware of the money”

5. Joining Liberal Left on Lester Holloway’s blog.
Lester joins Liberal Left’s advisory board.

6. Lib Dem bloggers “deflated and chastised” on Matthew Harris’s blog.
Matthew’s never even seen the West Wing 😉

7. McPanda and the Chinese Government – Deeper worries for Scottish Independence by Andrew Emmerson on The Yellow Bastard.
Were the pandas a gift to Scotland? It’s not that black and white…

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. Free Speech sentenced to death in Bexley by Lisa Harding on Spiderplantland.
“LIBDIG 1/2 on this subject. Freedom of speech. Something every Lib Dem should be very concerned about.” (Submitted by cjmillsnun via LibDig.)

9. My Response to FCC about #ldconf Accreditation by Dave Page on Jazz Hands, Serious Business.
“Dave Page drafts a response to FCC for their “listening exercise” over background checks for Brighton conference attendees.” (Submitted by dave.page via LibDig.)

10. Mr Clegg: Who are you making policy for, exactly? by Matthew Gibson on Solution Focused Politics.
“we have a bizarre situation where we, as a party, seemingly propose policy that is not popular in our own party or with the public” (Submitted by MatthewJ via LibDig.)

11. No place for Hayekian heterodoxy? by Jock Coats on OXFr33.
“Jock’s response to dismissive comment on LDV” (Submitted by jock coats via LibDig.)

12. The Liberal Democrat Fightback: Communication and Action by Andrew Brown on The Widow’s World.
“Andrew appreciates “a concerted and sustained attempt to increase the quality and quantity of information given to members”” (Submitted by helenduffett via LibDig.)

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

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