Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #316

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 316th 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 (3-9 March, 2013), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed. This week’s and next week’s Dozens will be published later because of Federal and Scottish Spring conferences.

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 day the party fell out of love with the Coalition by Simon Titley on Liberator’s Blog.
Secret courts has done it….

2. Who is our 58th MP? by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
A wee slip of the tongue from Sir Menzies Campbell QC MP.

3. Zadok Day leaves the Lib Dems but makes a very interesting observation on his way out the door by Neil Monnery on The Ramblings of Neil Monnery .
Are political parties cults?

4. Lib Dems: Please think before you speak by me on Caron’s Musings.
In difficult and painful times, it’s more important than ever to keep your language temperate.

5. Anger? Puzzlement, more like by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Paul wonders at the lack of engagement from the leadership on secret courts.

6.The full list of how Liberal Democrat MPs did or didn’t vote on last night’s Justice and Security Bill amendments  by Paul Walter  on Liberal Burblings.
Paul does a bit of detective work.

7. In praise (again) of Helen Duffett by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Everyone should praise the Divine Ms Duffett at least once a day, because she is pretty fabulous.

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. Secret Courts Emergency Motion for Liberal Democrat conference by Mark Thompson on Mark Thompson’s Blog.
“FCC cannot ignore this issue. There must be a debate in Brighton.” (Submitted by Andrew Brown via LibDig.)

9. Lord Bonkers sees Ming Campbell taken out of mothballs by Jonathan Calder on Liberator’s Blog.
“Great fun from Lord Bonkers.” (Submitted by Paul Walter via LibDig.)

10. The Liberal Democrat what do we stand for challenge 2013.3 by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
8 people have had a go at articulating Lib Dem values so far. You can still take part.

11. Relating the Preamble to #Rocktheboat by Louise Shaw on From one of the jilted generation.
Louise goes back to first principles to explain why cultural change is needed in our party.

12. Scottish trans man guilty of fraud – just for having a relationship  by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity .
Are trans people treated fairly in law? Zoe finds a worrying case north of the border.

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

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