Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #387

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 387th 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 (17-23 August 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. Chris Rennard is back, so where for me?  by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
Stephen looks for the Federal Committee elections later this year to provide change.

2. What happened to the interim peers list…redux by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Mark looks back at various interim peers lists – who did various leaders pick for a peerage?

3. Rennard’s suspension lifted today but the Lib Dems lost control of this situation years ago by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Stephen says, basically, that this is what happens when you don’t deal properly with stuff at the time.

4. Time to rewrite the Rennard rule book by Lester Holloway on Lester Holloway .
We need to change the way we campaign, says Lester A new approach

requires local, regional and national strategies based not just on pot-holes and Focus leaflets but on intelligence-led plans to target every under-represented group, and better policies and better selling of the policies we have to those sections of society.

5. The race for the party presidency: and then there were three by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Mark reflects on the withdrawal of Pauline Pearce from the race.

6. Chris Rennard will face no further disciplinary action by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan has Liberator’s take on the events.

7. Lost Causes by Andrew Hickey on Sci-ence! Justice! Leak! .
Andrew tells how a gig motivated him to continue campaigning for the Liberal Democrats.

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

8.5 things Nick Clegg could learn from Peter Capaldi by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Just brilliant. Now I want Clegg and Capaldi to meet. And to be there.

9. In which I disagree with @worstall (probably at my peril)  by Jennie Rigg on Two kitkats and a motoring atlas.
Jennie makes the case for rail fare subsidies.

10. Glasgow Conference cancelled?  by Gareth Epps on Gareth Epps.
You might think so, says Gareth, from all the announcements about what will be in our manifesto.

11.Setting new goals for local government by Richard Kemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
Richard on his quest to get rich companies to pay their fair share of tax to help build public services

12. Watch: David Llloyd George on the Middle East and the USA by Carl Minns on A Liberal View from Hull.
Who’d have thought Lloyd George would turn up on You Tube?

And for your bank holiday bonus, try out Jennie Rigg’s Extremely Boozy Bread and Butter Pudding recipe. I am intrigued by a recipe that calls for a pint of Baileys…

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

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