Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #368

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 368th 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 (9-15 March, 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. UKIP and its more than mildly eccentric membership by Peter Black on Peter Black.
A reprise of some of the most bizarre UKIP views alongside a report about their “fruitcake test”.

2. Alleged Farage mistress in transphobic slur by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
UKIP add another prejudice to their already full bag.

3. Why I am excited again about being a Lib Dem by Mark Mills on Matter of Facts blog.
A good conference restores a coalition-sceptic’s mojo.

4. Lib Dems back in third, Labour lead collapses and still blamed for the economy by Charlotte Henry on Digital Politico.
A good poll for the Lib Dems, terrible for Labour.

5. Dorchester to hold post mortem after record breaking 212-0 defeat by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
An interesting headline of the day – about a rugby match and one of few that could make Scotland feel good at the moment.

6. The Lib Dem left at Conference by Rich Clare on A brief history of liberty.
Containing the phrase of the week: “the right has rather shown its ideological underpants.”

7. Why – if the maths are right – we’ll form a coalition with Labour, not the Tories post 2015 by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
The polls and policy compatibility augur a Labour Lib Dem deal, says Richard.

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. A tribute to Tony Benn by Andrew Page on a Scottish Liberal.
Divisive, but principled and friendly: Andrew’s experience of a man he found to be without ego and true to himself.

9. So, this happened by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
An instance of modern day homophobia and Facebook’s failure to handle itNick

10. Nick Clegg is a real Lib Dem, he loves campaigning by Louise Shaw on From one of the jilted generation.
Do you do the Lib Dem Delivery Brag?

11. BBFC “porn” block appeals: Operators consider Girl Guides pornographic by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
And you’d better watch those raunchy office supplies sites…

12. Reflections from Lib Dem Spring Conference by Kavya Kaushik on Kavya Kaushik.
Kavya gives her honest reflections of the weekend in York.

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

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