Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #335

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 335th 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 (14-20 July, 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. New Liam Byrne letter discovered by Mark Thompson on Mark Thompson’s blog.
And it’s every bit as true as the last one….

2. Matthew Oakeshott keep the faith by Jonathan Fryer on Jonathan Fryer.
Matthew Oakeshott said nice things about the Coalition. Really, he did.

3. Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Savile by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England .
Was Mrs T warned about Savile when she was PM?

4. The Tories haven’t changed one bit and here’s why by Sam Phripp on So Sam Said .
Trashing teen mums again, just like the old days.

5. Welcome to the new Lembit Opik, rather different from the old Lembit Opik by Mark Pack on Mark Pack .
Very blatant link baiting from the Chocoholic One.

6.Social Liberal Forum, Radical Reform Group: 60 years on, one common mission?  by Iain Brodie Brown on Birkdale Focus.
The sort of blog post you want to learn by heart. Pure brilliance. A must read. That is all.

7. Labour MP calls for removal of all public services from those not on electoral register by Carl Minns on A Liberal View from Hull.
Yes, you read that right. A Labour MP. Words fail me.

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. Can we, should we, deresidualise social housing? by Alex Marsh  on Alex’s Archives .
Food for thought on the future of social housing from Alex.

9. Book Review – Blankets  by Andrew Brown on The Widow’s World.
Andrew reviews a book in a medium he hadn’t tried before about a young man struggling with issues of faith and sexuality

10. Youth Policy moving to the Cabinet Office – opportunity or threat? by Linda Jack on Children and young people now .
A bit of both, says Linda

11. Interview with Steve Webb at the Social Liberal Forum Conference by Maelo Manning on LibDemChild .
How do we get young people to trust us again?

12. Nick Clegg – Dancing Queen by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
A very happy moment that we can never watch too many times

But in the week that the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill became an Act, we ought to be aware that there is work still to be done to make things fair for transgender people as Zoe O’Connell reminds us.

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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