Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #437

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our on-time 437th 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 (25-31 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. Ex Lib Dem MP Alan Reid selected for Scottish Parliament by Mark Pack  on Mark Pack .
Alan to fight Argyll and Bute.

2. Against the Grain: Norman Baker’s memoirs are an excellent read by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Interest and humour abound in Norman’s book.

3. Just how likely are mass reslections of Labour MPs before the next election anyway? by Nick Tyrone on
Yes, but not for the reason you think.

4. 1 gain, 1 loss in last night’s by-elections by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
A review of Thursday’s elections with mixed news for the Lib Dems.

5. Okay, the Cameron pig thing is getting old and the left would do itself a favour by halting its obsession with it  by Nick Tyrone on
Nick’s so upset that he’s even threatening to boycott the Guardian…

6. Review: A very British coup by Chris Mullin by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
An interesting book to read after he election of Jeremy Corbyn.

7. Guest Post: The trouble with Seamus Milne by Tim Hall on Liberal England.
What could possibly be the problem with Jeremy Corbyn appointing an “unreconstructed Stalinist” as head of office?

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. In politics, it’s not what you say but what you do that really matters by Daisy Benson on England is the home of lost ideas.
On Labour’s tax credits shambles:

If Labour can’t stand up to the Tories in Parliament how can they claim to stand up for British people in the country at large? That is not an opposition.

9. My submitted answers to the Lib Dems’ governance review by Jennie Rigg on Secure the unlimited rice pudding.
You can make your own submission by 16th November.

10. We need more role models for young girls in politics by Maelo Manning on libdemchild aged 16.
Maelo surveys the scene and finds things like PMQs off-putting for young girls.

11. No, you’re not racist for wearing a poppy by Sam Phripp on So Sam Said.
Sam takes down those awful social media stories designed to whip up prejudice:

Are you wearing a poppy?

Are you doing something that could otherwise be considered racist whilst wearing said poppy?

If the answer to both of those questions is yes, you’re probably being racist, but just doing the first one whilst going about your business isn’t racist at all.

12. A historic day in politics? by Jenni Hollis on Jenni Hollis.
Jenni on what might have been had the Labour party had the courage to back the Lib Dems on tax credits.

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

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