Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #374

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 374th 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 (27 April – 3 May, 2014), together with a hand-picked quintet, 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. “We thwarted Clegg as much as we could” – the problems of the Coalition laid bare by Nick Tyrone  on NickTyrone.com.
Dominic Cummings’ comments about Clegg show bad behaviour on his part, not Nick’s.

2. UKIP’s “respectable protest vote” face wearing thin by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Mark considers the plethora of prejudice found amongst UKIP’s candidates.

3. A UKIP leaflet cock-up in Gateshead by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace.
A dodgy imprint – and that’s not the worst of its problems.

4. Nigel Farage’s “Canadian model” and why it won’t work in Britain by Nick Tyrone on Nick Tyrone.com.
Matters of policy and geography make it unlikely that UKIPwill replace the Tories.

5. Today, UKIP gave up any pretence of being a serious party by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Paul reckons if they were serious, Nigel would have stood in Newark.

6. Did the Liberal Democrats make Lansley’s NHS Bill more destructive? by Mark Mills on Matter of Facts Blog.
Did we give too much power to local authorities and weaken the rest of the structure?

7. Canvassing tales and the Liberal Party 1929  Canvasser’s Guide by Iain Brodie Brown on Birkdale Focus.
This is funny, thoughtful and nostalgic – and has some very useful observations on the current political environment.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. To nominate a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s, all you have to do is drop a line to [email protected] can also contact us via Twitter, where we’re @libdemvoice

8. How not to doorstep a voter #147 by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
Giving the voters homophobic abuse on their own doorsteps. Not classy, DUP.

9. Body Confidence Revisited (contains swears and icky stuff) by Jennie Rigg on Reinforcing the Patriarchy.
We can be our own harshest critics..10 . (Submitted by Jennie via Twitter.)

10. 10 dos and don’ts Labour should prioritise for the UK housing market by Alex Smethurst on Alex Smethurst.
Labour’s record on housing is deconstructed. (Submitted by Alex via email)

11. Difficult and not so difficult decisions by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal.
Some musings on inequality and alternatives to deficit reduction.

12. PSA: Let me introduce you to the term “abuse of freepost” by Jennie Rigg  on Reinforcing the Patriarchy.
Sending bricks to UKIP is not so clever.

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

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One Comment

  • Jenny Barnes 8th May '14 - 8:49am

    4 links out of 12 about UKIP. The election literature – about UKIP. Someone remind me what the LDs stand for, apart from not-being-UKIP? Hardly a USP, is it.

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