Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #433

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 433rd 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 (27 September -3 October, 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. The significance of Charlotte Church on Question Time by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
When Corbyn fans meet real people.

2. On a Lib Dem saying something offensive and dumb, a petty Tory and local journalism by Neil Monnery on The Ramblings of Neil Monnery.
Nobody comes out of this well, says Neil.

3. UKIP’s membership has fallen 10% since the election by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
When you see the in-fighting and general ineffectiveness, you wonder why it’s not more.

4. Where next for the Liberal Democrats, or why the Liberal Democrats need more glue by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Shirley, Simon, Mark, Kath Pinnock, could you want for a bigger trove of Lib Dem treasures in this recording of a Conference fringe?

5. Sublimation, Pygmalion, Banana Man: What is happening to Jeremy Corbyn? by Louise Ankers on From one of the Jilted Generation.
Now that the Labour spin machine has got hold of him, what hope for honest, straight talking politics?

6. The Duke of Rutland is standing in a by-election by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
A House of Lords by-election for hereditary peers. And he sounds like a right old character.

7. My pitch for the Lib Dems to own the liberal mainstream by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Stephen’s essay from the Agenda 2020 collection.

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. Help! New Order are following me by Joanne Ferguson on Lanarkshire Liberal.
Joanne’s memories of Conference, including a certain Tim F “dancing his wee eighties heart out.” With picture.

9. My first Lib Dem conference by Ryan Lailvaux on Roaming Ryan.
Another new member finds Bournemouth inspiring and motivating.

10. On critiques I have seen of the firs two episodes of Doctor Who by Jennie Rigg on Secure the Unlimited Rice Pudding.
An unsurprisingly depressing common theme highlighted by Jennie.

11. Choo choo or cuckoo?  by Graeme Cowie on Predictable Paradox .
Looking at the case for renationalising our railways

12. My response to the current review of Lib Dem governance by Andy on Wouldn’t it be scarier?
How Andy thinks the Lib Dems should be run. And you can have your say too – find out how here.

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

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* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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