Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #311

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 311th 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 January – 2 February, 2013), 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. The Conservatives’ defeat on boundaries is entirely their own fault  by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England .
David Cameron lacked the courage to take on his own party, says Jonathan.

2. Boundary opposition is a strategic mistake by the Lib Dems by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
Dan says we should have stuck with Chartist principles.

3. Schooling Nick Clegg’s son: Nick and Stephen are both wrong by Mark Pack  on Mark Pack.
The Lib Dem Voice team have voiced their differing opinions over young Clegg’s education.

4. Labour’s southern extinction  by Rich Clare on A brief history of liberty.
A pie chart with an awful lot of blue on it and not very much red.

5. New parliamentarians – who’s got your vote?  by Richard Morris  on A View from Ham Common.
Rumours abound of new Lib Dem members of the House of Lords.

6. If you are going to leave a political party….by Carl Minns on A liberal view from Hull.
There’s trouble afoot in the Socialist Workers’ Party.

7. Jerry Hayes on Conservative back benches by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England .
Jonathan spots an interesting blog by a former Tory MP describing the current Parliamentary Party.

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.A good week for Norman Baker  by Rob Parsons on A comfortable place.
But concern that nobody can hold a Government to account quite like Norman can.

9. Oneupmanship and hypocrisy by Mark Thompson on Mark Thompson’s blog.
“Excellent post and the first comment illustrates Mark’s point succinctly. (Submitted by Andrew via LibDig.)

10. Jo’s reply to Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader today  by Jo Shaw on Lib Dems against secret courts.
“History will not forgive our party or indeed this parliament if it becomes law.”

11. The comic genius of Eric Pickles by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
“Councils should ‘stop treating residents with contempt’, because that’s clearly the role of Pickles and the DCLG, not councils.”

12. In which I agree with the Conservatives by Andrew Brown on The Widow’s World.
And on boundaries, too.

And now for a little extra. Jennie Rigg has written an open letter to the editors of Liberal Democrat Voice. I thought it might be worth us all, editors and readers alike, going off and reading the articles she refers to. Do you agree with her or can you suggest other ways of making the comments threads on here a more positive and inclusive space? I’m sure we’ll come back to this at a later time, but I thought it was worth trying to get some initial reaction. If you don’t comment on here, why not? If you do, what do you get out of it?

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

Featured? Add this to your blog post!
Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice
<a href=""><img src="" width="200" height="57" alt="Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice" title="Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice" /></a>

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

Read more by .
This entry was posted in Best of the blogs.

One Comment

  • paul barker 3rd Feb '13 - 7:27pm

    Agreed strongly with Jennys open letter, get banning.
    While your at it, how about cutting posts after the 5th line, people who want to write articles should apply to the LDV team or get their own blog.
    On the “High Church” tone, I think we should all admit that LDV is an “official” Libdem blog, just one that “represents” the membership, more or less.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Martin Gray
    I see that the Western liberal democracies are gearing up for some more sanctions to be imposed on Iran for firing those obsolete missile and drones in retaliat...
  • Tim Leunig
    There are two classes of children at the moment - those whose parents smoke - often in doors, at home, and those whose parents do not. Why would we want to allo...
  • Geoff Reid
    Charles is quite right. With all due respect to East Cambridgeshire doing what we might hope they would do, the Farnham result is very, very encouraging. Comin...
  • Katharine Pindar
    @ David Raw. Hi, David, you are quite right to draw attention again to the two -child limitation and the benefit cap, which are helping to keep many families in...
  • David Blake
    @Duncan Greenland. It would be better if it was just one sequence by candidate name, with an index by constituency. As it is there is duplication and a degree...