Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #351

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 351st 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 (-, 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. By-election night 12 by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
Dan missed out the contest in St Austell, though, where we won a seat from the Tories as the BBC Question TIme circus rolled into town.

2. Target seats – a strategy of lookalikes by Antiochan on Lib Dem Policy wonk.
A plea to look beyond the swingometer when developing our strategy.

3. Lib Dem Federal Executive report by me on Caron’s Musings .
My tweets from my sofa after the weather prevented me from getting to London. The wonders of modern technology let me take part in the meeting though.

4. Farewell, Liberal Conspiracy, I for one will miss you by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Richard also explains why he blogs and why blogging in general is not dead.

5. Better all women shortlists than the leadership programme by Jonathan Calder on Liberator’s Blog.
It’s not what you would call an endorsement of All Women Shortlists, either.

6. Is Amazon included in the growth figures? by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
How useful and accurate are the figures being trumpeted as showing economic success?

7. Some Ministers are better than others by Louise Shaw on From one of the Jilted Generation.
Comparing and contrasting Steve Webb and IDS.

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. Lib Dem broken promises by Sam Lawes on Sam Lawes.
A Twitter conversation inspires a fairly fruitless hunt for broken promises. (Submitted by Alisdair McGregor via Twitter)

9. Increase Sumner’s magnificent headstone inscription by Nick Thornsby on Nick Thornsby’s blog.
Nick encounters the headstone of a Bostonian hero with a fantastic name.

10. Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be Cicero  on Cicero’s Songs.
A perspective on the UK’s Stormageddon from a place where they just get on with it when the weather’s bad.

11. Nicholas Watt should know better by Chris Connolly on The Yellow Guard.
That poll didn’t say what Watt said it said, says Chris

12. Baroness Shirley Williams in conversation with Judith Bunting by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Hollywood’s loss is the UK’s gain.

And as a bonus, this week, here’s some smutty innuendo  from Jennie Rigg. For the record, her strategy meetings are very much different to all I’ve ever been to.

Finally, as we look ahead to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who the day after the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, that fluffy elephant is showing off his encounters with various characters from the Whoniverse.

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

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