Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #411

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 411th 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 (8-14 February, 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. The full leaked list of seats the Conservatives are not targeting by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
It’s funny what you can learn from a URL. Interesting that they don’t think that they can win West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine despite making huge efforts there in the last couple of years. Bob Smith is clearly a very popular local MP who stands up for local people. And they have also given up the ghost in North East Fife. No point in voting for them there, then, either.

2. Why everyone always receives a great reception on the doorsteps by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
It’s the lesson from Hartlepool, 2004.

3. For Nick Clegg to stay, the Lib Dems need to “confound expectations”. What does this mean?  by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Somewhere between 30-45 seats, but it’s complicated.

4. The Liberal Democrats made too much of the Eastleigh by-election by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
We had the upper hand, so our win was unsurprising.

5. My ConHome column: The Lib Dems have ticked coalition off the bucket list. Do we really want to do it again?  by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Stephen looks at the Lib Dem options and what we’d be looking for if we did this again.

6. On the Green Party’s belief that they can storm to victory in Southend West by Neil Monnery on The Ramblings of Neil Monnery.
He reckons they will likely come 5th.

7. Danny Alexander is the Lib Dems’ most successful minister. Why does he not get the credit? by Matthew Green on Thinking Liberal.
He’s done loads on tax avoidance and cut income taxes for the poorest.

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. Homophobia is alive and well. I know first hand by Sam Phripp on So Sam Said.
An unpleasant encounter at a bus top for Sam.

9. The story of blogging, or how to feed the Googlebot by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
We wouldn’t necessarily choose our most read posts, and they aren’t always the ones you put most effort into. I feel Paul’s pain given that my most read post ever is about Lewis Hamilton getting his ears pierced. As an added bonus, here’s Paul’s well researched Leveson post.

10. A response to Peter Tatchell on”free speech” vs “freedom from criticism” by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity
Zoe points out some of the inconsistencies in the letter on free speech signed by Peter Tatchell and academics.

11. Lib Dems should support EU vetoby Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
That’s how a federal system works.

12. The narrow politics of slogans and symptoms by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
The vacuousness of modern political discourse. With proper use of the word “awesome”.

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

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