Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #434

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 434th 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 (4-10 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. Alex Folkes quits politics by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
News from Cornwall on Alex’s resignation as a councillor.

2. Great news from Scotland – Lib Dem gain from SNP by ALDC on ALDC.
Aird and Loch Ness marks start of #libdemfightback in Scotland.

3. By-election report 1st October 2015 by Michael Powell on ALDC.
Results from last week. One of the candidates might be familiar to you.

4. Terminated by Martin Veart on Martin’s View.
A candid and well written account of facing redundancy for the second time in fifteen months. We hope you get another job soon, Martin.

5. Michelle Thomson was to play a starring role at SNP Conference by Jonathan Calder on Liberal Englnad.
Her local difficulties mean that she is no longer an SNP member.  You might also be interested to know that they’ve had to withdraw a whole load of “The 56” merchandise.

6. Single Transferable Vote 101  on A Yellow Guard.
Some pet peeves ont eh way STV results are reported.

7. Final thoughts of Tory Conference: we are all Tory scum now by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
On May’s “cynical bid for the hearts of the swivel-eyed”, smugness and representatives of the kinder, gentler politics.

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 Dems: Down but not out by Jack Davies on Jack Davies.
Why Conference showed that the Lib Dems are starting “one heck of a revival”. (Submitted by Jack via Twitter.)

9. Syria by Eric Avebury on Eric Avebury.
What’s really going on with Turkey

10. What happens when politicians demonise each other by Jennie Rigg on Secure the unlimited rice pudding.
Hint: It’s not good.

11. Momentum and the future of political parties by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
What does the foundation of Momentum tell us about how British political parties are developing?

12. Mental health: Scotland’s massive failure by Becca Plenderleith on Some Ramblings
A World Mental Health Day wake-up call to the SNP

And as a bonus, here’s Joanne Ferguson talking about Doctor Who on Lanarkshire Liberal. ((t does make me happy to see new, young, talented members from Central Scotland). Can we have a vote of no confidence in Steven Moffat?

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

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