Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #383

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 383rd 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 (20 – 26 July, 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. Two good ideas and one duff one by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
With a bit of speculation about alien life too. What’s not to love?

2. Interviewing Tim Farron at Social Liberal Forum Conference by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
What marks Farron out as different?

3. David Ward, Gaza and Tweetcrime by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Ward might have been silly, but not as daft as some of his critics, argues Jonathan.

4. Comfort food for the liberal soul: Tim Farron’s Beveridge Memorial Lecture by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
It’s not as if we don’t need some, but Mark thinks Farron’s comments should have been more challenging.

5. New article up on the FT: Don’t mourn our missing tech billionaires by Giles Wilkes on Free Thinking Economist.
If people are amassing huge fortunes, are they investing and boosting growth?

6. Interviewing Ed Davey at Social Liberal Forum Conference by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
The Energy Secretary was in bullish form, although the accompanying photo shows him looking very kindly and smiley.

7. Another UKIP gaffe by Peter Black on Peter Black.
They’re at it again…

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]. You can also contact us via Twitter, where we’re @libdemvoice

8. Russell and liberalism – some thoughts in conclusion by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Nick’s unmissable and thoughtful series comes to an end. Read the whole thing. You won’t regret it. (Submitted by Alex via Twitter)

9. The “Bedroom Tax”, a predictable flesh wound when all is said and done by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Will Labour be constructive or destructive?

10. Go back to your constituencies and….prepare for a change of font by Gareth Epps on Liberator’s Blog.
Perhaps not the biggest priority at the moment, especially given the teething troubles with the new membership database.

11. Nick Barlow talks about OMOV and I respond by Louise Ankers on From one of the Jilted Generation.
Louise and Nick debate the issues around one member one vote.

12. Russia as a failed state by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
What’s the future for Russia?

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

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