Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #427

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 427th 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 (9-15 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. On Free Speech, Tony Greaves and Lib Dem Voice by Jennie Rigg on Nothing is more important than my egomania. Jennie Rigg lets rip on the Tony Greaves/LDV episode.

2. Tony Greaves and Liberal Democrat Voice by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan is unhappy with the way Liberal Democrat Voice wrote up the Tony Greaves/LDV episode.

3. Why I am standing in the Woodside by-election by Jenni Hollis on Jenni Hollis.
Jenni sets out her reasons for a spirited campaign for a council seat.

4. Lib Dems gain seat in Powys after Tory MP resigns by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Good news from the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

5. Why Jeremy Is Top and Liz Is Bottom by Jonathan Fryer on Jonathan Fryer.
Jonathan compares the style of Jeremy Corbyn with fellow Labour leadership challenger, Liz Kendall.

6. Liberal Democrat Voice editor replies to Lord Greaves by Mavarine Du-Marie on My Liberal Expressions.
Mavarine exchanges comments with Mark Valladares.

7. Chinese SNP councillor quits amid racism claims by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
An unhappy report from within the SNP camp.

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. Liberal Party “offered hush money to hide Cyril Smith’s abuse” by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England. A disturbing piece from the Liberal party days.

9.To win, we have to beat the Tories at their own game by Tom King on Never cruel nor cowardly.
The key question is how far the Tories can push their ideological agenda before people start objecting to it.

10. Slums as a housing solution by Alex Marsh on Alex’s archives.
Alex considers: Could slums be the answer to our housing crisis?

11. The enemy of my enemy… by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
“There is now really only one campaign to fight: The battle for democratic change in our country”.

12. London Lib Dems reveal Assembly shortlist by Gareth Epps on Liberator’s Blog.
Gareth is first with the new list.

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

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