Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #414

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 414th 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 (1 – 7 March, 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. Lib Dem poll ratings: why I’m putting my trust in ICM by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
They are the gold standard, and more accurately reflect the Lib Dems’ not so tribal support.

2. Which 9 Lord Ashcroft constituency polls are wrong? by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
The ones that predict Lib Dem losses…or something else?

3. ALDC’s by-election report – 5 March by Michael Powell on ALDC.
No Liberal Democrat interest but that Brent by-election we were talking about this week shows a Tory hold over Labour.

4. Why aren’t the Tories ahead in the polls? by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com .
People don’t want a cConservative Party to change too much about the country and this one is promising to do just that.

5. Three ways to get it right and three ways to get it wrong when attacking Labour’s tuition fees con by Mark Pack on Mark Pack .
What’s the most effective rebuttal?.

6.Now, where was i before an unexpected loss of interest? by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter .
That real life thing getting in the way of blogging….

7. Labour apologises for defamatory by-election leaflet  by Mark Pack  on Mark Pack .
There are many “there but for the grace of God” moments in politics, but on this one you have to wonder what on earth Labour were thinking..

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. Doorsteps, dogs and doughnuts: A dozen worst and best election moments by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
A response to our plea for funny canvassing stories. Probably not better than the Mark Smulian story, but excellent nonetheless.

9. Invitation to a blogging masterclass by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Tongue wedged firmly in cheek

10. Why I’m proud of Nick Clegg’s stance on drug laws by Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
Andrew is glad Nick gives no cares about the reaction of the tabloids.

11. We’ve got something for everyone. Why astrology and homeopathy win votes by Tim Holyoake on  Just one more ten pence piece.
Truth doesn’t count for much if people like the idea. (Submitted by Tim via Twitter.)

12. Five years ago Scottish Liberal Democrats passed a motion supporting equal marriage by Stephen Glenn on Stephen’s Liberal Journal.
Stephen recalls how Scottish Liberal Democrats blazed the trail on equal marriage.

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

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