Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #328

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 328th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throacughs from the Aggregator (26 May-1 June, 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. Brighton Greens civil war update  by Dan Falchikov on Living on Words alone.
Trying to build political alliances against your on side on Twitter is not the cleverest idea

2. UKIP founder: the party has gone completely fruitcake by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Alan Sked isn’t keen on how his project has developed.

3. Cambridgeshire UKIP county councillor in court accused of benefits fraud by Mark Pack on Mark Pack .
And two more hit the headlines too, one over links with BNP.

4. The toxic legacy of the AV Referendum campaign by Mark Thompson on Mark Thompson’s blog .
If we thought that was bad, Mark says, we could see worse in refernda over Scottish independence and Europe.

5. Eep! A full Mosque. Let’s all panic by me on Caron’s Musings
If we don’t challenge the thinly veiled attempts to create unease and suspicion, nobody else will do it for us.

6. Farage to take on Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam? by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan thinks not – read to find out where he thinks Farage will seek a seat.

7. Exclusive: BBC defends Question Time panel as reflecting all shades of political opinion by Alex W ilcock  on Love and Liberty .
No Liberal Democrat on a night when civil liberties on the agenda. And not for the first time either.

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. Race equality: Liberal Democrats take the lead by Gareth Epps on Gareth Epps
A new Liberal Democrat report is a positive step in tackling race inequality.

9. Why I’m opposing another takeaway opening in Gatley  by Cllr Iain Roberts on Keith Holloway, Iain Roberts & Pam King.
Iain may have submitted his blog as a bit of a joke, but this post gives a good insight both into how a good local  Councillor thinks about their ward and into the workings of the planning system . (Submitted by Iain via Twitter.)

10. The enemies of liberty by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
“The answer is by no means self evident. (Submitted by Alex Wilcock via email.)

11.No new powers for the security services, at least until they explain why they failed to use the ones they’ve got  by Richard Flowers on The Secret Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant
“If someone crashes the car, you DON’T reward them with a faster car. They’ve shown they cannot control the car they’ve got.”

12. A loaded topic indeed, but should shops be allowed to sell Lads’ Mags by Jae Kay on Freedom is not the problem.
Jae looks at the arguments for and against losing the lads’ mags

And a wee bonus – Mark Pack has a Liberal Party organisation chart from the 1980s.

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

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