Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #337

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 337th 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 (28th July – 3rd August, 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. Join the Fight for the Future of the Lib Dems by Andrew Brown on One Widow’s World.
A call to arms for those who want to see Lib Dems pull together not fall apart.

2. Defeated Tory MP loses libel action against Lib Dem victor, again by Mark Pack on Mark Pack’s Blog.
Stephen Lloyd beats Nigel Waterson. Again.

3. Parish Councils: not necessarily a place for this political activist by Mark Valladares on The view from Creeting St Peter.
Our Liberal Bureaucrat explains why he’s resigned as a parish councillor.

4. Lembit Opik has been cancelled by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
For one night only.

5. All the Ladies Who Want to be Baronesses, Throw Your Hands up at @Nick_clegg by Jennie Rigg on miss_s_b.
Jennie has a little list of future female peers.

6. Why I’m disappointed in the new appointments to the Lords by Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
Too establishment and too safe: Andrew’s verdict on the party’s new peers.

7. Defectors and the Liberal Party 1910-2010: A study of inter-party relations by Mark Pack on Mark Pack’s Blog.
Mark reviews Alan Wyburn-Powell’s book looking at the party’s 116 defectors in the past century.

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. Talking about cancer by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Paul writes ‘about an experience which has profoundly and positively changed my outlook on life, death and cancer’ — the death of his sister, Eliza Lucking.

9. Has Clegg had enough of his party? by Simon Titley on Liberator’s blog.
‘So here’s a question for Nick Clegg. Do you really want to remain party leader?’

10. Proud? I Wish! by Linda Jack on Lindylooz Muze.
‘somewhere along the line we have surely lost total touch with our declared values and aims?’

11. Top ten conference moments by Peter Black on Peter Black AM’s blog.
A trip down memory lane.

12. Danny Alexander continues to be a fashion trendsetter by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
Don’t take Charlotte’s word for it.

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

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