Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #407

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 407th 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 (-, 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. The collapse of the Conservative vote in Sheffield Hallam by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
The media is missing the point on Sheffield Hallam. The Tories should be worried.

2. Will the General Election results be less exciting than people expect? by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
There may be a shortage of fruitcake.

3. If genuine, this must be the strangest UKIP leaflet yet by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Beware what you say to UKIP canvassers on the doorstep – they may tell your neighbours.

4. Showing my working: How I arrived at my 2015 election predictions by Stephen Tall  on Stephen Tall.
Looking at the polls and what this means for seat numbers.

5. My ConHome column: What will happen on 7th May. Here’s my predictions by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
The prequel to #4.

6. On Nick Clegg and his chances of losing his Sheffield Hallam seat in May by Neil Monnery  on The Ramblings of Neil Monnery.
I think it’s safe to say Neil is a tiny bi sceptical about that Guardian story. Love the dastardly bit.

7. A gaze at the polling in key Lib Dem/Tory marginals and then trying to figure out what it means by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
In a nutshell – we’re in a better state than might have been predicted two years ago..

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. Why does the Cornish Guardian think there should be one rule for elected councillors and another for its own staff? by Alex Folkes on A Lanson Boy.
Alex finds the approach of a local paper a tad hypocritical.

9. Fighting the New Cold War by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
Rogue state Russia is a danger to the world and must be dealt with.

10.Tackling violence against women in India Day 3 by Lynne Featherstone on Lynne Featherstone.
I think the bit that got me most was the fact that women were turning down jobs for fear of being attacks on way home.

11.Not watching this weekend: the Empty Chair by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Hilarious. I want to see this film.

12.Another coalition after the General Election? by Eric Avebury on Eric Avebury.
Not known for being on message, Eric makes avery good point in response to a poll on the sort of government people want: “So a strong LibDem vote will give a result that people would prefer to any other”

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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