Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #393

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 393rd 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 (5-11 October, 2014), together with a hand-picked quintet, you might otherwise have missed. This is very late. It’s been languishing in drafts since Monday evening but the not so small matter of a bit of a health scare in m house (he’s fine now he’s full of rat poison) has delayed it.

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As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. The Liberal Democrats keep buggering on by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Pavement politiics is our only hope, says Jonathan. ‘Twas ever thus, surely?

2. Today I did 2 things I’d never done before at Liberal Democrat Conference by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Stephen on his platform debut and uttering the immortal words….

3. Is understanding the implications of coalition really that difficult? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
It would appear it is for some in the Labour Party. That’ll make for fun post 2015 if no party has an overall majority.

4. Last thoughts on the Clacton by-election by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
Comparing the Tories and the English Cricket Board.

5. How different are Lib Dem special advisers? by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Mark interviews the authors of a book on Special Advisers and uncovers some very interesting answers, including that Liberal Democrats have been pioneers of best practice in this regard.

6. How Michael Ashcroft flirted with becoming a Liberal Democrat supporter by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
According to Tim Razzall in his new book…

7. A request to Lib Dem conference reps, Presidential Candidates and Party HQ by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Some wise words on the nomination process for party president.

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. The transformative voice of civilising women by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
David was impressed listening to our key female candidates in the pre-manifesto debate:

If these women are elected – the generation born in the 1970s and 80s – they will be a hugely impressive, articulate and civilising intake.  I don’t know what they will do to the country, but they will transform the Lib Dems.

9. It’s Federal Party Election time  by Jennie Rigg on Nothing is more important than my egomania.
Jennie’s doing her questioning of federal committees again.

10. The Glee Club: Myths and Legends by Gareth Epps on Gareth Epps.
Gareth looks at the press coverage of the traditional end of conference singathon.

11.  Carswell’s victory in Clacton – trend our outlier? by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with
Nick analyses UKIP’s victory in Clacton and assesses what this could mean.

12. LGB, trans and marriage things that are now Lib Dem Policy by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
Zoe gives us the low-down on the new Lib Dem equalities policy passed in Glasgow.

And as a bonus for the lateness, Alex Wilcock’s review of Conference. We missed him this year but it was great to see he kept tabs on us.

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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