Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #398

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 398th 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 (9-15 November, 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. George Grimes Watson, 1927-2013 by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Remembering the benefactor and thinker who left the party almost £1 million.

2. Lib Dems gain seat from Labour in Cambridge by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Queen Edith’s has a Lib Dem councillor again. Good news.

3. How to do constitutional reform totally wrong by Andrew Hickey on Sci-Ence! Jsstice Leak!
Andrew gives a massive thumbs down to compulsory voting.

4. Lib Dems play politics with Remembrance Sunday. Againby Charlotte Henry on Charlotte Henry.
Charlotte is none too impressed with our Remembrance graphic and asks “Can’t some things  be above politics?”

5. Lib Dems pick up £950,000 bequest by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Mark’s report of George Watson’s big bequest.

6. Jill Fraser selected as candidate for Holborn and St Pancrsa by Mark Pack  on Mark Pack .
From her tweet that Mark shares, I like her already.

7. The failure of the political class and the appeal of Alan Johnson by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
If the Labour Party had any sense, they’d replace Miliband with Johnson argues Jonathan.

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. “Open war is upon you, whether you will have it or not” by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
A petrifying analysis which makes all the talk of counter-terror laws frankly sound like fiddling around while Europe burns. I hope he’s wrong, but he has form for being bang on.

9. Why are we so fascinated by Alan Turing? by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
It’s not all about Cumberbatch, either. Not ALL, note.

10. It will be the sponsors who decide Ched Evans’ fate by Charlotte Henry on Charlotte Henry.
Money talks, says Charlotte

11. Some thoughts on Ed Miliband and Labour’s prospects by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Actually, ends up talking about Cameron going before the Election.

12. Remembrance by Christine Jardine on Politics above the belt.
A reflection on realising she knew several generations of a serviceman’s family who had never known him.

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

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