Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #355

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 355th 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 (24-30 November, 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. The wandering and homeless disaffected Lib Dems by Chris Smith on Chris Smith.
What’s an ex Lib Dem to do? Who can they vote for? Are there options outside the main parties? Or could we get them back?

2. It’s all kicking off in Calderdale, aka how to beat your Labour opponent in 140 characters by me on Caron’s Musings.
Alisdair Calder McGregor, newly selected PPC, shows how to bring the fight to Labour.

3. John Stuart Mill and “No Platform” by Jock Coats on Mutualist mutterings from Jock’s anarchist enclave in Oxford.
“Erroneous opinions do not go away simply by ignoring them.”

4. Today is not a good day to be a Lib Dem by Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
It’s been a day when the Conservative and Labour parties have shown why no liberal could ever support them, but also one in which the Liberal Democrats have failed to stand up and be counted.” That’ll be immigration, then.

5. The not official target list by Antiochian on Lib Dem Policy Wonk .
Where can we gain in 2015?

6. The Lib Dems’ shift left could be more dangerous for the Tories than Labour by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
A post which attracts the attention of Nick Clegg’s head of strategy, Ryan Coetzee

7. A defence of Doctor Who and a response to its knockers by Carl Minns on A liberal view from Hull.
Good values and sparked his interest in books – can’t be bad.

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. The death of nuanced debate by Graeme Cowie on Predictable Paradox.
I am pro UK, Graeme is pro Scottish independence, but he is bang on about the deficiencies in the national discussion so far.

9. It’s all Nick Clegg’s fault by Martin Shapland on Diary of a Political Hack.
Or, Labour people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…

10. Doctor Who: Just a moment by Richard Flowers on The very fluffy diary of Millenium Dome, Elephant.
Richard’s review of the 50th anniversary episode. I haven’t read it yet because I have still to do mine, but I know it’ll be fantastic.

11. Why Vince needs to call in the Police by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
David confesses to naivety about the way the banking system operates

12. The slippery slope to political internet censorship  by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
If you’re going to block terrorist websites, you have to be much more transparent and have judicial oversight, argues Zoe

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

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