Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #422

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 422nd 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 (5-11 July, 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 Leadership hustings: “It ain’t what you say it’s the way that you say it” by Tim on Just one more ten pence piece.
An account of the leadership hustings in Nottingham.

2. Alistair Carmichael, hero of Scotland, hero of Britain, enemy of EVEL by  Lib Dem Fightback on Lib Dem Fightback.
“Carmichael’s quiet industry has dealt a body blow to this EVEL idea.”

3. What role would Rennard have under a new Lib Dem leader? by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Mark asks Farron and Lamb.

4. Now that Greece has voted “No” they should be set adrift  by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
Nick reckons Grexit would strengthen Cameron’s hand in the EU negotiations, too.

5. Catastrophe: the 2015 General Election campaign and its outcome by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
A meeting taking place tomorrow: note that the venue has changed recently so make sure you check the Facebook page for the current details..

6. European Liberal parties don’t alternate between governments of right and left anymore  by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
They don’t tend to stick to the centre ground, either.

7. Batmanghelidjh represents the killer question for Whitehall by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
“The worst of both worlds is to keep the existing model and then cut back the money.”

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. Lib Dem seats in 2010-15: where did the votes go? Part 1 and Part 2 by Lewis Baston and Seth Thevoz on Social Liberal Forum.
A detailed analysis, in two parts, that every Lib Dem should read. (Submitted by Simon Radford via email). These should have been in last week’s but I forgot about them – sorry, Simon.

9.A good idea spreads across the Liberal Democrats by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
Time to send Mark on Tour with his guide to the party for new members. I’m a very old member and I’d love to see it. You can read his presentation here.

10. Building a Scottish liberal consensus by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
Marking out anti-socialist, anti nationalist, anti centralist territory of our own

11. George Osborne running scared of Lib Dems by Maelo Manning on libdemchild, aged 15.
What was blocking the Lib Dems on Twitter all about?

12. More transport problems for rural post-16 students by Caroline Page  on Caroline’s Woodbridge Page.
Suffolk Liberal Democrat councillor Caroline highlights the problems faced by rural-dwelling young people and the problems they have accessing education.

And as a wee bonus, a bit of a Les Mis based parody to take the heat out of the last few days of the leadership election

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

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