Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #403

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 403rd 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 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. 7 years on, 2 “myths” about the  Clegg/Huhne leadership race that persist by Stephen Tall  on Stephen Tall.
Just what about those postal votes?

2. Lib Dems up 3, Tories down 3. The latest ICM poll and what it means for the General Election by Nick Tyrone on
Nick isn’t entirely confident about the findings and explains why.

3. How UKIP will do in the General Election: a seat by seat prediction by Nick Tyrone on
A look at some key battleground seats.

4. My ConHome column: we live in an age of outrage that’s killing debate by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
No babies were eaten in the writing of this post.

5. Excellent news for Ed Davey in Kingston by-election result by Mark Pack  on Mark Pack.
An 11% increase in the Liberal Democrat vote is not what the Tories want to hear

6. Day 5098: You can prove anything with statistics un mrs temps by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
The Elephant vs The Toynbee. No contest really.

7. On UKIP MP Douglas Carswell’s “clever” editing behaviour on Twitter by Neil Monnery  on The Ramblings of Neil Monnery.
It’s safe to say Neil is unimpressed with Carswell changing the whole meaning of a tweet.

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. Radio 4 Woman’s Hour – Female PPCs in the Liberal Democrats by Louise Ankers on From one of the Jilted Generation.
Thoughts on how to improve our party’s dreadful gender balance. Since it was written, Louise and her husband Paul have welcomed their first daughter into the world. Congratulations to them all.

9. The Hogan-Howe approach would be disastrous by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
The best options for public services are not based on balance sheets alone. (And I should know, given the disastrous merger of police forces in Scotland).

10. There’s been at least one former Prime Minister in Parliament since 1756 but could that end next year? by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Nick gets historical – and there’s even been some debate on his findings.

11. Putin jumps the shark by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
All those bad things that Cicero told me about earlier this year seem to be coming to pass. That’s bad enough. And then you get to the bit about nuclear weapons. Yikes.

12. On #PaydayBook by Jennie Rigg on Nothing is more important than my egomania.
Because we all need an excuse to buy more books.

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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