Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #409

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 409th 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 (25 – 31 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. Who are the three groups of voters likely to vote Lib Dem in 2015..I was surprised by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall .
Some are more difficult to get out to vote, though. We’ll have to think about that.

2. The Battle for Berwick by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
An amusing anecdote from the north east.

3. The Greens are learning the hard way how ugly politics can be by Nick Tyrone on Nick
When you surge in the polls, people look at you more closely. You’d better be prepared, says Nick.

4. Response to Cornwall County Council’s latest claims about me by Alex Folkes on A Lanson Boy.
Alex updates on new developments.

5. How faithful do you have to be to a party’s polices to be a member? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
A telling-0ff for me.

6. The rise and fall of Liberal Democrat blogging – it isn’t getting any better by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
There are fewer of us and we aren’t posting as often.

7. Is the Daily Mail correct in its assertion that Tim Farron is “unstoppable” in his bid to be next leader of the Liberal Democrats? by Nick Tyrone on
Summary: QTWTAIN.

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. What Labour are up to in Hornsey and Wood Green by Lynne Featherstone on Lynne Featherstone.
Getting tough on immigration – in some parts of the constituency, anyway.

9. On Holocaust Memorial Day by Alisdair Calder McGregor  on Alisdair Calder McGregor.
The Nazis “came into being after the underlying attitudes went unchallenged for too long.. ” A lesson for today. (Submitted by Jennie Rigg via Twitter.)

10. On disagreeing with fellow Lib Dems: do join in, it’s cathartic by Jennie Rigg on Nothing is more important than my egomania.
What major tenet of Lib Dem orthodoxy do you disagree with?

11. Can the Lib Dems learn anything from Syriza’s win? by Maelo Mannign on libdemchild aged 15.
“I think Nick Clegg is great but why is the party being positioned just as emergency air bags to stop the Tory party or Labour party crashing?”

12. Key campaigning points for Liberal Democrats by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal.
Peter has some advice on election themes and language.

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

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  • Mark Valladares Mark Valladares 2nd Feb '15 - 4:38am


    No, not a telling-off as such, but a courteous reminder that, in a party as diverse as the Liberal Democrats, we are going to disagree on some pretty fundamental things from time to time. Think of it as a plea for tolerance, if you will…

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 2nd Feb '15 - 8:41pm

    One person’s entirely justified exasperation is another person’s intolerance, I guess.

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