Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #431

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 431st 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 (6-12 September, 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. By-election report, 10th September 2015 by Michael Powell on ALDC.
A roundup of Thursday’s results.

2. More on Tony Greaves and Liberal Democrat Voice by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
But you’ll need to get Liberator to read the whole thing.

3. Parents want a say – resignation of Karen Wilkinson and John Hemming by John Hemming on John Hemming’s Weblog.
“Governance issues” spark resignation from organisation campaigning for right to term time holidays.

4. Farron faces two challenges in Bourmemouth – detoxifying and Trident by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
How will Tim tackle the big vote on nuclear weapons?

5. An academic perspective on the Liberal Democrat collapse by Nick Barlow  on What you can get away with.
What academics say about our dire election result. Congratulations due, by the way, to Nick for getting his dissertation in.

6. Canada’s Conservatives and Britain’s Labour Party share a similar problem by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Succession planning has not been done well.

7. The thing that was going to tear the Tories apart may ironically rip Labour in half by Nick Tyrone on
Europe and what that could mean for the referendum.

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. My desert island choice of top political columnists by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
A not very gender-balanced list, shall we say, but interesting choices

9. If truly progressive, Labour would have voted in a female leader by Daisy Benson on The Independent.
A look at the barriers to women in politics in Labour and beyond.

10. Corbyn’s victory by Martin Veart on Martin’s View.
Opportunities for Labour, the Lib Dems and the democratic process.

11. Day 5364: Lines in the air, lines in the sand by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
Richard is unimpressed with Cameron’s gesture towards refugees.

12. Does atheism have to annihilate philosophy? Sartre, Nietzche and Kant might disagree by Louise Ankers on From one of the jilted generation.

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

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