Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #302

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 302nd (well done to Jennie for spotting the deliberate mistake) 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 November – 1 December, 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. On Sir Cyril Smith by George Potter on The Potter Blogger.
Lib Dems can do nothing other than keep an open mind and extend our sympathy to Smith’s family and alleged victims.

2. UKIP may be well beyond satire by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with .
Nick’s view on Nigel Farage’s attempt at, er, modernisation.

3. The other face of UKIP childcare prejudice byStephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
Stephen shows that UKIP have had their own outbreaks of being judgemental over fostering and adoption.

4.Is there nothing the (il)liberal left think another law can’t fix?  by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
Charlotte thinks proper enforcement of current laws is all the press needs to keep it in check.

5. Vicky Pryce’s  debt write-off by Jonathan Fryer  on Jonathan Fryer .
Greece was on the agenda at Islington’s last Pizza and Politics session.

6. On the Buses explains the Jimmy Savile era by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England .
A look at how a successful ’70s sitcom provides a snapshot of the sexist culture of the time.

7. Lib Dems and the African and Caribbean vote by Lester Holloway on Lester Holloway.
The Croydon North by-election may have missed an opportunity to reach out to black voters.

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. Following Sir Edward Garnier’s advice, I shall call my car a bicycle by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
Stephen thinks the Tory MP doesn’t quite get equal marriage. (Submitted by Stephen via LibDig.)

9. A few words on World AIDS Day by Matt J McLaren  on Wisdom and Power.
The importance of HIV testing. (Submitted by Matt via LibDig.)

10.Will religious organisations be forced to conduct same sex marriages?  by Jae Kay on Neue Politik .
“Not rhetoric, not opinion, but detailed legal analysis…”  (Submitted by Alex via email.)

11. Nick Clegg’s Garden Cities – thinking big, but are there any foundations? by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
Two questions for new big ideas: ‘Can we get it done?’ and ‘Will we get any credit?’

12. Leveson – the weasel press speak out by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
“Now we should make damn sure that the media does “get it” and ensure that they do not use their power to weasel out of whatever the necessary measures are that come out of the Leveson inquiry.”

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

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* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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