Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #425

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 425th 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 (26 July – 1 August, 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. Cyril Smith police inquiry closes due to lack of evidence  by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Claims that the former Lib Dem MP had been found with images of child abuse have not been substantiated.

2. Nick Clegg should have accepted a role on the Lib Dem front bench by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Everyone needs to do their share for the fightback, argues Jonathan.

3. Building a Lib Dem core vote: what you can do in your local party by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
How to instil the habit of voting Lib Dem.

4. Lib Dem Activist Sabina Vankova travelled to the Lincoln ward of North Kesteven and found the Lib Dem flag flying high by Sabina Vankova on Lib Dem Future.
Encouraging signs on the campaign trail.

5. When will the Lib Dems’ “woman problem” end? by Sam Phripp on So Sam Said.
One of the biggest things is recognising it and facing up to it – and I’d say 9 and 11 were particularly important.

6. Is an announcement of new Lib Dem peers likely to happen in the next 48 hours? on Lib Dem Future.
No, but it’s bound to come eventually.

7. Why do the Lib Dems do so badly in London? by Nick Tyrone on
Among other factors, Nick argues that we need to lose this local candidate nonsense that many of us have found so annoying over the years.

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. Oi, Lib Dems, let’s quit the moralising over Lord Sewel by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Stephen says it’s bad from to make political capital about a private matter.

9. Everyone else is posting about Corbyn, so why shouldn’t I? by Jennie Rigg on Nothing is more important than my egomania.
Lib Dems should be careful to avoid teeth marks in their bottom.

10. Goodbye, Green Deal by Jenni Hollis on Jenni Hollis.
A good idea, not very well implemented which the Tories have now scrapped rather than reformed.

11. Liberal Democrats should boycott the peerage merry-go-round by Peter Black on Peter Black.
We shouldn’t appoint any more peers until the House is reformed. (Submitted by Peter Black via Twitter.)

12. 1992 and all that: useful advice from Paddy by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Are there lessons from Paddy’s Chard speech that would help us today?

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

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  • Eddie Sammon 3rd Aug '15 - 3:45am

    I’ve read the first half of Mark Pack’s and David Howarth’s pamphlet on what and who the Lib Dem core vote should be and I strongly believe that it is a destructive strategy to go down.

    First of all: finding the 30% of the electorate who are “open and tolerant” (just one metric) and then slicing it up further by ditching those who are to the right on economics is a barmy strategy.

    If you identity that only 20% of the public support your values then the immediate concern should be to increase this number, not see it as an opportunity to build a core vote.

  • Richard Underhill 3rd Aug '15 - 10:18pm

    People can be useful in different ways, deliverer, canvasser, donor, etc

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