Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #344

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 344th 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 (8-,14 September  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. Sarah Teather speaks for many of us by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Paul thanks Sarah and wishes her well as she prepares for a much needed break from politics.

2. Exit Sarah, stage left by Gareth Epps on Gareth Epps.
Sarah’s departure is a blow to the leadership and she will be missed, says Gareth.

3. Post I wish I had written: Sarah Teather’s resignation by The Fact Collector on Matter of Facts.
Ironically coming above the post it quotes…

4. Sarah Teather stands down: Toby Helm expands on his interview by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
With a couple of appearances by our eponymous hero.

5. All in a lather over Teather by Jonathan Fryer on Jonathan Fryer .
Wouldn’t it have been better if she’d renewed her commitment to be a voice for social justice in Parliament?.

6. The Observer tells only half the story on Sarah Teather by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
The other half being equal marriage….

7. Earl Russell and his big band by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Remembering Conrad, and discovering a band.

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]. This week I have again been helped by the excellent Alex Wilcock

8. Selection, selection, selection by Sam Phripp on So Sam Said.
Sam shares some of his terrific selection speech as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North East Somerset: “Liberal Democrats are a voice for the voiceless”..  AW

9. F17 Alternative Motion: Protecting children from High Street Coffee #talknottech #ldconf  by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
Inspired – and I do mean inspired – by nannying Lib Dems, Stephen drafts their next motion for them. AW

10. Religious sacrament doesn’t mean what Shirley Williams wants it to mean by Jae Kay on Freedom is not the problem.
Fisking Shirley William’s latest attack on religious freedom. AW

11.The sound of gunfire revisited  by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
David looks back at Jo Grimond’s most famous speech on its 50th anniversary. Look out for the less famous (merely infamous) words of a Labour councillor… AW

12. The Wadebridge by-election: where we work we win by Rebecca Tidy on Total Polichic
There were only 9 votes in it, too. Rebecca’s diary of the by-election campaign.

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

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