Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #390

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 390th 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 (14-20 September, 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. That Nick Robinson incident and what it says about the psychology of the independence debate  by Nick Tyorne  on Nick
Have supporters of independence got their heads round what independence actually means?

2. Yes Scotland has lost the referendum campaign by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Evidence of the paucity of the Yes case from around the blogosphere.

3. Your essential guide to the Wee Blue Book by me on Caron’s Musings.
Giving a bit of publicity to Toby Fenwick’s line by line rebuttal of the Wings over Scotland anthology of economic fantasy and conspiracy theory.

4. On Alex Salmond’s departure, walking on eggshells and Clackmannanshire (check spelling..Ed) by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
Not the most unkind Liberal Democrat assessment of Alex Salmond.

5. Six of the Best 464  by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
For the first time, one of Jonathan’s Roundup posts makes it into the Golden Dozen.

6. Alistair Carmichael: Shetland may consider its place in Scotland after a yes vote by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
So all that oil might not have belonged to Scotland after all.

7. Doctor Who: The mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
This review of two old Doctor Who stories comes with a Liberator anecdote.

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. Conference voting reps and OMOV by Simon Banks on Social Liberal Forum’s blog.
Would the new proposals create a power elite and reduce accountability?

9. Replying to SLF blog on OMOV by Louise Ankers on From one of the jilted generation.
Louise replies talking about the benefits o extending the franchise.

10. Interesting times in German liberal politics by Gareth Epps on Gareth Epps
A new social liberal party.

11. Independence, devolution and power by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
A look at the complexities – and a very good analysis of why the Tories just don’t get what devolving power means. (Submitted by Nick Barlow via Twitter.)

12.Political Science: How many parties?  by Nick Barllow on What you can get away with.
An introduction to analysis of party systems  (Submitted by Andrew via Twitter.)

A couple of bonuses this week:

First, Sue James wants to cancel the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2016 and had started a petition to that effect.

Second, back to Nick Barlow and a post that isn’t technically eligible for the Dozen as it was last week. But there wasn’t a Dozen last week because I was too busy campaigning. A very salient point about the nature of journalism in this country of ours. Starring Nick Robinson.

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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