Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #401

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 401st 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 (30 November -, 6 December 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. A fabulously passive aggressive tweet exchange between Jeremy Browne and Nick Clegg  by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Jeremy was originally left off Nick’s tweet about the Stonehenge tunnel and he wasn’t happy.

2. Dear members who read Liberal Democrat Voice, it appears we aren’t as representative as you thought by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Mark casts a sceptical eye over that presidential poll.

3. Ashcroft poll has good news for Lib Dems, particularly in Lab/Lib marginals by Nick Tyrone on Nick
Labour have thought these seats were in the bag for years, but the polling shows their vote decreasing.

4. The wisdom of Jeremy Thorpe by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
He didn’t think much of Brown or Cameron. And click the link to see what Jonathan had blogged about at the time which is equally interesting.

5. On the banning of certain sex acts in UK pornography by Neil Monnery on The Ramblngs of Neil Monnery.
It’s going to cause more problems than it solves, says Neil.

6. In Memoriam Jeremy Thorpe  by Jonathan Fryer  on Jonathan Fryer.
Reflections on a man he’d known for 43 years.

7. So about those Lib Dem Voice party members’ surveys by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
A suggestion for improvement and an observation that we got it right for online voters.

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. Visible liberalism goes AWOL again by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
Alex is none too chuffed about Liberal Democrat MPs voting to curtail judicial review.

9. Liberal Democrats for basic income, anyone? by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Remember that old SDP stalwart of a Citizen’s Income.

10. How serious a problem is terrorism? by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Mark looks at some of the reasons why we might be suspicious of what we are being told about the dangers of terrorism.

11. Day 5085: Maser Gideon’s mission to Mars: Some thoughts on the Autumn Statement by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
Richard detects Liberal Democrat influence and Tory logic deficits.

12. Gender Recogntion Panel engaging in human rights abuses by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
Concerns about denial of legal gender recognition which could be in breach of human rights law.

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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