Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #330

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 330th 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 (9-15 June, 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 South Shields by-election and lazy Labour by Andy Strange on Strange Thoughts
Why should Labour waste resources on a seat where the electoral system guarantees them victory?

2. Morrissey Report covers the handling of the Rennard allegations in depth by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
A summary of the major recommendations.

3. Scientific proof that James Delingpole is an ignoramus by Simon Titley on Liberator’s Blog.
Now there’s a word we don’t often hear in the 21st century.

4. Lib Dem till I die? by Mark Thompson on Mark Thompson’s blog.
Mark gets his membership renewal and has a decision to make. He argues that it’s good for parties to have people whose membership they can’t take for granted.

5. Sign up for a free 10 week campaigning masterclass by Mark Pack on Mark Pack .
An offer you can’t refuse from the authors of 101 ways to win an election. It’s al by email too.

6. The strange case of the UKIP councillor who believes he was elected because voters thought he was a woman by Alex Folkes on A Lanson Boy.
A south western piece of UKIP eccentricity

7. The wrong conclusion from the Morrissey Report by Simon Titley on Liberator’s Blog.
Liberator thinks I got something right – definitely a moment to treasure.

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. Those that didn’t want to redefine marriage try to redefine marriage…badly by Stephen Glenn on LGBT+ Lib Dems Northern Ireland.
Stephen looks at the amendments tabled by the opponents of same sex marriage. (Submitted by Stephen via LibDig.)

9. My response to the Morrissey Report by Louise Shaw on From one of the Jilted Generation.
Louise finds much to welcome in Helena Morrissey’s recommendations.

10. Why the ECHR matters by Jonathan Fryer on Jonathan Fryer.
Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater, says Jonathan. Just because we don’t like someone doesn’t mean we should ever countenance witnesses against them being tortured.

11. That Reuters data request graph handled properly by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
A lesson in interpreting statistics from Zoe.

12.Tackling  race inequality in education and employment: a Lib Dem Perspective  by Linda Jack on Children and Young People Now .
Linda’s account of last week’s EMLD/Social Liberal Forum Conference on race inequality.

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

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