Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #408

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 408th 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 (18 – 24 January  2015), 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. Voter Registration Nonsense by James Barber  on James Barber.
I am almost certain that this isn’t going to be what you think.

2. Are Labour beginning to fret about the Greens? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Labour are attacking the Greens so they clearly see them as a threat, but Mark points out that Labour’s record in government brought it all on themselves.

3. Who are those so called silent Tories anyway? by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
Nick says that affluent people who voted for Blair could win the election for the Tories.

4. Major research into British voters has important lessons for the Liberal Democrats by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Chiefly that all is not lost and there is potential for us to do a lot better in the seats we hold and amongst young people than is currently predicted.

5. Ex Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott splits £610,000 between Labour, Lib Dems and Greens by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Not in our best seats, though and there’s one interesting omission.

6. Why the Greens’ Citizen’s Income is a bad idea but will nevertheless cause problems for Labour by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com .
It will sound much better on the doorsteps to Labour’s plans for more cuts.

7. We do not have a proportional voting’system, something a lot of people find very hard to fathom by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
A little lesson on how(not) to extrapolate seat projections from opinion polls.

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. Preview of English Lib Dem Executive by Anders Hanson on Anders Hanson.
Good to see new Committee members reporting back even before their first meeting.

9. International Committee meets, nobody gets hurt by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
And Mark has his report done almost by the end of his meeting. Must get on with that FE report…

10. The next coalition and the fight for liberalism and reform by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
A look at the party’s post May options.

11. A few thoughts on yesterday’s Trident debate by Andrew Page  on A Scottish Liberal.
I had been meaning to write this up but hadn’t had time – so well done to Andrew for such a comprehensive report, including a mention for our four MPs who voted against Trident renewal and the one who ripped the Government policy to shreds.

12. Churchill’s funeral train leaves Waterloo by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
This is fascinating, not just for the video footage but for the accompanying story about what was thought to be the reason that station was chosen. But was it?

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

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