Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #420

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 420th 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 (14 – 20 June, 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. Day 5281: Tim Farron or Norman Lamb: We need both by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
Richard’s analyse of the leadership contest and the London hustings.

2. The other thing that went wrong with Liberal Democrat polling by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
It can’t pick up a change in the goalposts – incumbency wasn’t important in a close election.

3. Zac Goldsmith confirms he will resign as an MP if he becomes Mayor by Richard Morris  on A View from Ham Common.
Richard hunts down the truth on Twitter.

4. If the Lib Dems continue to factionalise, the party is finished forever by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
Nick is concerned at the tone of internal debate.

5. Charles Kennedy’s difficult legacy for the Liberal Democrats by Matthew Green  on Thinking Liberal.
A critical appraisal of Charles Kennedy’s leadership and a tribute to the man.

6. The pact that defeated the Tories by Iain Brodie Browne on Birkdale Focus.
Another 1960s newsletter to fascinate us.

7.  Tim Farron’s “Festival of ideas” – the way forward for Liberal Democrat policy? by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Is there potential in what is effectively Tim’s version of the West Wing’s “Big Block of Cheese Day”?

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. There are no parallels between ISIS and the SNP except one by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
Clickbait, certainly, but some thoughtful stuff.

9. Wallington South – winning here again by Ruth Dombey on the Lib Dem website.
How they pulled off a by-election victory in the wake of the general election defeat.

10. A Liberal Democrat approach to radicalisation by Jenni Hollis on Jenni Hollis.
A common sense liberal approach that involves inclusion and community.

11. The consensus on fracking has broken down and that is a good thing by Peter Black on Peter Black .
Opinion is catching up with the Welsh Liberal Democrats…

12.  Compass asks whether Labour is dead... by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
David thinks they might be unless they can get some decent ideas going – and we might beat them to it.

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

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One Comment

  • John Tilley 22nd Jun '15 - 6:54am

    Thanks to LDV for links to some interesting bits of writing especially in the “highly recommended” section eg Peter Black and Ruth Dombey. Away from the leadership election it is good to see Liberal Democrats moving on from the disaster of last month and also shaking off the attitudes of Coalitionism.

    Ruth Dombey as Leader of Sutton knows what she is talking about when she says —
    “…But you don’t win an election in a 5 week election campaign. You win elections by doing the hard work in the previous years – and then running a good campaign.”

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