Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #317

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 317th 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 (10 – 16 March, 2013), 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. Quote of the Conference by Simon Titley on Liberator’s Blog.
Can you guess the subject?

2. What is the point of Liberal Democrat Conference? by Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
We pay a fortune to go to Conference, we vote, the leadership ignores us.

3. On secret courts, Clegg has betrayed core liberal values by James Baker on Cllr James Baker.
Sometimes, says James, you just have to say no.

4. Clegg v Huhne, five years on by David Boyle on The Real Blog .
“Who would have thought that one would be Deputy Prime Minister and the other would be in jail?

5. Eastleigh signals the beginning of the end for Clegg, not the end of the beginning by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
Secret courts, again.

6. Jo Shaw’s resignation statement on Liberal Democrats against secret courts.
“…I cannot reconcile the principles which form the backbone of the Liberal Democrats – fairness, freedom and openness – with the measures introduced by the Justice and Security Bill.”

7. #no2secretcourts Jo Shaw says it better than anyone by RIchard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Jo Shaw’s resignation speech in video.

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. Dropping out changed my life and it was good by Chris Wiggin on #blogsfromwiggin.
“Sometimes someone says something better than you ever could. And you have to tell the world about it.” (Submitted by CJW via LibDig.)

9. Plan B with a smile by Maelo Manning on LibDemChild.
From drawing on boxes to saving the economy….

10. Home truths about the British press by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
I really never thought I’d see the day when Cicero defended Justin Bieber, but each to their own…

11.Never let it be said that I don’t follow orders like a good little Lib Dem soldier by Jennie Rigg on Jennie Rigg .
Some of you may be surprised by this compliance, but there is a caveat, and you will understand why when you see the reason, I promise.

12. Welsh Government makes very basic errors in major numeracy and literacy presentation on Freedom Central.
Of all the places you don’t want to muck up….

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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