Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #412

Welcome to the 412th  Golden Dozen, and our xxxth 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 (15-21 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. A shocking lack of campaign activity in vulnerable seats by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Not ours – Tory/UKIP marginals.

2. On Labour candidates using my dad’s death as a reason to attack me personally by Neil Monnery on The Ramblings of Neil Monnery.
Politics shouldn’t be like this.

3. In ten years’  time, all the Clegg hatred of the past five years will seem bizarre and incomprehensible by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
If he isn’t displacement activity for right and left, they’ll have to sort themselves out.

4. What if Nick Clegg loses his seat at the election? by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Nick looks at how the party would deal with electing an interim leader.

5. No, the Lib Dems are not being “saved” by first past the post by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
And there’s even a bar chart to prove it.

6. Liberal Democrats ahead of UKIP in latest opinion poll by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
The tide may be turning.

7. The all new UKIP shipping forecast by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Brilliantly funny.

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. How the British Parliament works by Paul Walter on Liberal Burblings.
A review of Inside the Commons. (Submitted by Paul via email.)

9. Let’s give Paul Givan and his Christian Brethren equality with Northern Ireland’s LGBT people by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
That’d show ’em  (Submitted by Stephen via email.)

10. Identity politics as she is done by Andrew Hickey on Sci-ence! Justice Leak.
An astute summary of the actions of certain academics who wish to exclude people they don’t agree with and wrongly blame those people for excluding them. (Submitted byNick Barlow via Twitter.)

11. The distinction between mental and physical illness is unhelpful at best by Sanjay Samani on Sanjay Samani.
There are many similarities between the two and we need to focus on illness so that all can be treated with dignity.

12. Three aspects of Coalition Government by Alex Marsh on Alex’s Archives.
The challenge of showing the positive good the Liberal Democrats have done in government is made harder by our errors. (Submitted by Nick Barlow via Twitter.)

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

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