Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #438

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 438th 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 (1-8 November, 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. Tory town councillor caught on CCTV daubing obscene graffiti on Lib Dem rival’s shop by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Most of us manage not to do this stuff after a few glasses of wine.

2. Excellent win for Adrian Sanders in Torbay with 39% vote increase by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Good news from Devon.

3. The economic destiny of the Lib Dems by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
It’s all about small enterprise.

4. John Fleming meets Norman Baker by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
What does he say about his new book and our time in coalition?

5. Pretty much everything you need to know about Corbyn’s Labour Party in two tweets  by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Anti CBI, pro Stop the War.

6. 13 seats held, 14 seats gained since May by By-election HQ on ALDC.
Evidence of the #libdemfightback at local level.

7. Paul Burstow won’t stand again for Parliament by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Sad news, but all the best to Paul.

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. What’s my age again?  by Joanne Ferguson on Lanarkshire Liberal.
Joanne highlights the anomalies of being 17. She can vote (in Scotland) but not join her friends in the pub even if she’s not drinking.

9. The unbearable lightness of being: A refugee crisis by Matthew Seary on Matthew Seary.
“A stark reality is that hundreds of thousands of humans did not uproot their entire life for a greater economic future, they did it for fear they would not live to see a future.”

10.  Lib Dems launch cross party campaign to tackle mental health inequality by Jenni Hollis on Jenni Hollis.
Information on how you can get involved in the campaign launched by Norman Lamb this week.

11. What if Margaret Thatcher had carried on as Prime Minister after 1990? by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Would we have seen Paddy take the Lib Dems into coalition?

12. First thoughts not he Draft Investigatory Powers Bill by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity .
Zoe understands the technical side of these measures and is not impressed by the Bill.

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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