Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #366

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 366th 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 (16-22 February, 2014), 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. Why Lorely Burt lost the Deputy Leadership by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
She was seen as Nick Clegg’s candidate.

2. The Clegg Controversy by Peter Black on Peter Black.
At time of writing, I couldn’t actually get on to this post to see what it was about. I hope you will have better luck.

3. Jeremy Browne achieves the impossible: unites Lib Dem left and right. But he’s wrong by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
We have no choice but to fight election from centre ground, says Stephen.

4. New Lib Dem Membership Database on its way: hooray by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Very interesting historical observation about the first software we used.

5. Is using Nationbuilder for the new Lib Dem website sensible? by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
A pretty unqualified yes from Dr Pack. And there’s font geekery, too.

6. The Press misses a big story in Steve Richards’ Nick Clegg: The Liberal who came to power by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
It’s not all about coalitions with Labour, says Jonathan. There’s not a whole lot of love lost between Nick and the Lords.

7. Another UKIPper asleep on the job by Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats.
Not the best value for money, are those UKIP MEPs.

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. Left vs right, Twitter vs blog by Jennie Rigg on Prod the Teeth of Dracula.
Jennie gets angry about food banks and adds her own thoughts to the debate – you can’t fulfil your potential if you’re starving.

9. SNP meltdown: A blow upon a bruise by Cicero on Cicero’s songs.
Two parts bovine scatology, four parts bluster and a pinch of pixie dust – the recipe for an SNP macroeconomic policy.

10. Will seeing the back of ATOS actually make a difference? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Not unless we actually tackle the underlying causes of of the problem. Mark’s analysis has some useful suggestions on how to improve things

11.The policy lever to tackle loneliness by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
How a time bank helped by engaging people in helping others and strengthening the community.

12.Inspid Centrism by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
People need to know what we’re for as well as how we’ll moderate others.

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

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* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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