Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #323

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 323rd 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 (21-27 April, 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. I think this lady has best claim to say “I killed the snoopers’ charter” by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common .
Justified praise of the Divine Ms D

2. Labour leader of Southampton Council quits after report into fictitious claims by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
A report said he had been “economical with the truth” reports Mark

3. Labour dissolve the arrangement to run Calderdale Council with the Liberal Democrats by James Baker on Cllr James Baker .
Labour councillors want to campaign against welfare reform, not a council responsibility.

4. Derby election fraud case finally reaches Court by Mark Pack on Mark Pack’s blog .
Complaint was made by Liberal Democrats after last year’s election where they lost by 14 votes.

5. Sir Edward Garnier wins Liberal Villain of the Week by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan’s own MP tried to scupper libel reform.

6. Create local banks by breaking up state owned mega banks: Archbishop by Iain Brodie Brown on Birkdale Focus.
Iain finds merit in the Archbishop’s proposal.

7. Are the Greens sinking? by Jonathan Fryer on Jonathan Fryer .
Jonathan analyses the Greens’ recent poll slump.

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. Medway Council cuts negatively impact children and families by Chris Sams on The Ginger Liberal from Medway.
A very practical example of how cuts hurt. (Submitted by Chris via Twitter)

9. If the convention on human rights will protect a scumbag like him…by Carl Minns on A liberal view from Hull .
If Goverments start tinkering with human rights, where will it end?

10. In praise of Nick Clegg by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with
Getting rid of the Snoopers’ Charter is A Good Thing, but what about tackling the power structure in the civil service.

11.Liberal Mondays 1: Alfred Russel Wallace  by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
Alex compares two books about Liberal/Liberal Democrat values written a century apart.

12.Good news from the Liberal Democrats as pubco consultation is launched  by Gareth Epps on Gareth Epps.
Gareth is pleased at news that Liberal Democrats in Government intend to protect community pubs and publicans.

And, as an extra, as we head into the local elections, Kathy Pollard shows how the Conservatives are harming the prospects of children in Suffolk with their education reforms,.

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

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