Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #294

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 294th 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 (30 September – 7 October, 2012), 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. When did the Scottish Liberal Democrats become authoritarian?  by Nicola Prigg on Nic Prigg’s Blog.
The decision to refuse the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign a stall at the party’s Scottish conference has triggered a war of words.

2. Willie Rennie as Don Corleone  by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
The controversy continues, as the Scottish Lib Dem leader’s more-in-anger-than-in-sorrow response to activists sees him likened to ‘a Mafia padrone’.

3.  Is Liverpool becoming a banana republic? by Richard Kemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?.
The city I grew up in “is perched on the brink of a slippery slope that could lead to poor governance and even poorer services” reports our former Lib Dem mayoral candidate.

4. Michael Meadowcroft: time for liberals to start truly believing in liberalism by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Lifelong liberal Michael Meadowcroft argues it’s high time Lib Dems started getting on the front foot rather than ‘falling into the trap lovingly prepared by our enemies’.

5. On Lib Dems and leadership by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Why too many talented party members don’t try and become MPs: the sheer bloody madness of life as a candidate.

6. Rubbish politics, rubbish poster by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
Charlotte’s fence-sitting verdict on the Lib Dem poster depicting Ed Miliband as the bankers’ lapdog.

7.  What is the core Liberal Democrat identityby Matthew Green  on Thinking Liberal.
The party’s perennial problem: how to build a core identity when the liberal philosophy ‘rejects, or downplays, the usual identities of class, nationality and race’.

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. Time to freshen up the Blog of the Year awards by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Let the whither Lib Dem blogging debate commence. (Submitted by Neil Monnery via LibDig.)

9. The speech I didn’t get to make at Conference by Matt McLaren on Wisdom and Power.
Which is a real shame — read on to see why. (Submitted by Matt via LibDig.)

10. Statement on the equal marriage debate by Stephen Glenn on Liberal Democrats in Northern Ireland.
A report back from LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Northern Ireland on the Assembly vote on equal marriage. (Submitted by Stephen Glenn via LibDig.)

11. I’m starting a campaign to make the most democratic of all the party conferences…democratic by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Trying to make one-member-one-vote mean what it says. (Submitted by Neil Monnery via LibDig.)

12. West Coast rail franchise: signs that the wheels are falling off the Civil Service? by Mark Valladares on The view from Creeting St Peter
A bureaucrat gives us the inside track on how politicians have undermined public service. (Submitted by Caron via LibDig.)

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

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  • toryboysnevergrowup 8th Oct '12 - 11:34am

    Compare and contrast

    Sept 22 as reported here Nick Clegg promises to veto £10bn of welfare cuts and Vince says no more cuts etc.

    with Today’s Guardian where Osborne is bragging about senior Libdems having agreed to said cuts (in return for not getting the mansion tax)

    So the shelf life of LibDem policies now appears to be less than 3 weeks!

    Yes we have Balls but might I suggest now is the time for Vince and other “keynesian” Libdems to grow some!

  • toryboysnevergrowup 8th Oct '12 - 11:37am

    PS apologies for being slightly off topic – but I am somewhat amazed that this latest policy climbdown by Clegg and co isn’t ven being discussed here given that there was no reluctance to broadcast the previous pledge. I refer to LibDemPravda half in jest – now I’m not so sure!

  • toryboysnevergrowup 8th Oct '12 - 12:39pm


    No smoke without fire!

  • I think Clegg only said he would veto benefit cuts before 2015. He said benefit cuts after 2015 would be conditional on additional taxes on the rich, which the Tories are also talking about. Of course, the concept of the Lib Dems being able to veto anything after 2015 is highly hypothetical.

  • paul barker 8th Oct '12 - 1:27pm

    Can I just stick my oar into the scottish “mafia” dispute.
    In my opinion using the word “Scab” in a public forum where you identify yourself as a Libdem should be grounds for expulsion on its own.
    Scab is a word that automatically dehumanises the person described, its an invitation to violence in itself.
    The liberal term would be “non-striker” or something similarly neutral.

  • paul barker 8th Oct '12 - 1:51pm

    On the “core identity” question, on eo the things Libdems could say is that we are actively against “identity politics”.
    Identity politics , in essence says to the voters -“vote for party X because you belong to group Y”. For example vote labour because you are Working Class or vote tory because you are self-employed.
    We would say “vote libdem because you beleive in freedom, responsibility, tolerance …”
    Thats why attempts to pin down our “core” by using social parameters are bound to fail, Liberals define themselves.

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