Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #340

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 340th 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 (18-24 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. Has Nick Clegg lost the plot? by Simon Titley on Liberator’s Blog.
Where was the party’s response to the detention of David Miranda, asks Simon.

2. ICM’s August wisdom of crowds poll Con 31%, Lab 32%, Lib Dems 16% by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
What do people think the next election will bring?

3. Council by-election night 2 by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
Dan’s preview of the local elections.

4. Two oddities about the muted official Lib Dem response to David Miranda’s detention by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Why be so quiet when we’ve been so pivotal in introducing the reforms to Labour’s Terrorism Act?

5. Details of “legal representation” allowed to David Miranda at Heathrow byPaul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Not until he’d been held for 8 hours, though.

6. The monstrous silence of Nick Clegg by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
It wouldn’t be so bad if it were just this, says Jonathan, but we had secret courts and libel reform too.

7. Not smiling, possessing a cricket bat and heckling Jack Straw. Top ten uses of Labour’s anti terror laws  by Carl Minns on A liberal view from Hull.
And two of them are post Coalition.

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. What do the Liberal Democrats stand for? by Chris Richards  on Moving forward together.
It’s that F word. (Submitted by Chris Richards via LibDig.)

9. Whilst our opponents moaned about hypotheticals, their kin were banning free speech in schools by Jae Kay on Freedom is not the problem.
Actually, it’s teachers speaking up on LGBT matters who are more at risk of disciplinary action, says Jae. (Submitted by Romer Hoseason via LibDig.)

10. Why is membership of political parties falling?  by Jennie Rigg  on The stony croutons do not agree with her.
Is it worth your hard earned cash? asks Jennie.

11. Do Liberal Democrats do God? by Lester Holloway on Lester Holloway
Will the book “embrace the diversity of faith in Britain today?” asks Lester

12. Cameroon – aparrent and real by Alistair Carmichael MP on Alistair in Cameroon
The Chief Whip’s reflections on his first few days in Cameroon.

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

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