Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #363

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 363rd 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 (26 Jan – 1 February, 2014), 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. Three selections completed where male Lib Dem MPs retiring: all won by women by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
A story that was actually out of date within 3 days, because it’s now four out of four thanks to Sarah Yong. To be fair, Mark did notice.

2. Update on Theresa’s Law and how Liberal Democrat MPs voted by David Grace on Disgruntled Radical.
All hail the Magnificent Seven! We’ve come to expect five of these to rebel regularly on these sorts of issues, but a particular nod of gratitude to Eastleigh victor Thornton and  Hames, until recently PPS to the leader.

3. The unfortunate re-emergence of Irfan Ahmed by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
His older readers? He’s referring to something in 2009. That was like yesterday. Really!

4. (Deputy) Leadership Coup? by Gareth Epps on Liberator’s Blog.
Gareth analyses a surprise result.

5. Is Liberal Democrat blogging dying, becoming more “concentrated” or simply less fashionable? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Where have all the bloggers gone and why?

6. “Leadership candidate” struts his stuff, nobody follows by Gareth Epps on Gareth Epps.
Gareth’s view of a mischievous Telegraph piece and Danny’s borrowing forecasts.

7. Another casualty from the Rennard controversy? by Mark Smulian on Liberator’s Blog.
Party democracy is under threat, says Mark.

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 unbelievable truth: Sefton Labour by Iain Brodie Brown on Birkdale Focus.
Includes a tribute to Robert Hamilton, a much loved Southport campaigner. How Labour voted against credit unions.

9. The UK Political Party with as many knight MPs as female MPs by Rebecca Tidy on Polichic.
Yip, that’s us, and we need to do something about it quickly.

10. Another misleading online campaign from Labour by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
Charlotte calls Labour out for their latest piece of internet mischief.

11. John Farquhar Munro 1934 – 2014 by Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
A moving tribute to an occasionally awkward but

12. Sense of humour failure in Scotland by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
In which the yes campaign for Scottish independence is found wanting.

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

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