Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #336

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 336th 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 July, 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. Tories win Beverley by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
Sad news.

2. Beverley voters go to the polls by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
The prescient prequel to #1

3. Time to scrutinise UKIP by Jonathan Fryer on Jonathan Fryer.
Jonathan posts Rebecca Taylor’s analysis of how useless UKIP are in the European Parliament.

4. Change the leader? Something else has to change first  by Simon Titley on Liberator’s Blog.
It’s all about strategy, not personality. You do wonder, though that if Nick has Liberator and Mark Pack in agreement, then he should probably listen.

5. The son of our future ex king by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
Will young George make it to the throne, and should he? The first paragraph, by the way, will make you wince and laugh at the same time. Withering doesn’t begin to describe this critique of journalists.

6. David Lammy’s explanation over his Summer break raises yet more questions by Mark Pack  on Mark Pack .
Is the MP really saying his own website is wrong?

7. A note has arrived from Bonkers Hall by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
That’s the real Bonkers Hall, not a euphemism for Chequers or anything. Iain tells us what he’s reading this Summer. Note to self: must do mine for His Lordship.

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. A report button will not solve Twitter’s misogyny problem by Jennie Rigg on Jennie Rigg.
A report button could be abused and won’t tackle the underlying misogyny. (Submitted by Tim via Twitter)

9. Maghull Town Council by-elections – 2 Lib Dem wins and an ah, oh so close by Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus.
We’re winning from Labour in the north west again. (Submitted by Nigel Ashton via LibDig.)

10. What does a stronger economy and fairer society mean?  by Andrew Brown on The Widow’s World.
Andrew’s attempt to breathe live and relevance into the slogan of the moment.

11. Correcting some nonsense in the porn debate by Louise Shaw on From one of the Jilted Generation.
Tackling some of the arguments

12. Times paywall down, journos furiously tweet their work by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
Charlotte wonders how many subscriptions resulted from their tweets. The joke of it was that I rushed on to the site and filled my boots. I must have wasted a good half hour. And do you know what? I actually have a Times subscription. Sometimes I exasperate myself. But, that Caitlin Moran Postumous letter to her daughter was really very good. It made me laugh and cry and punch the air at the same time.

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

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