Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #439

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 439th 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 (8 -,14 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.Getting the reaction to Chris Rennard’s FE election wrong by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Mark thinks we need a Lords rep on FE.

2.  Is UKIP really about to go bust? What might that mean?  by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com .
Nick is reserving judgement until after Oldham.

3.  The Liberal Democrats need more good third places by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
20% of the vote in a ward where we have no recent history is a good sign.

4.  So far, Corbyn has not forced the Liberal Democrats to be a centre party by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Jonathan revisits his analysis from August.

5. Lib Dem special conference called in showdown with Chris Rennard, but will it happen? by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
200 conference reps have called the Conference, what happens now?

6.  What the hell are the Lib Dem Lords playing at? by Nick Barlow on What you can get away with.
Nick is not impressed at the Lords’ special present to the Federal Executive.

7.  By-election report, 5th November 2015 by ALDC on ALDC.
How did we get on in last week’s by-elections?

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. On being an un-named woman activist in the Daily Mail by Jennie Rigg on Secure the unlimited rice pudding .
Presumably only unnamed because the Fail journalist couldn’t be bothered scrolling back up the page where her name is in big letters after he’d nicked the quote from her blog.

9.  5 good, 2 bad, my review of the Lib Dem Week by Dawud Islam on Lib Dem Hame.
And he didn’t even count the fabulous Welsh Lib Dems who forced Labour into an embarrassing u-turn this week. Dawud, I hope you don’t mind my gratuitous attempt to give the Welsh more publicity.

10.  Introducing Doctor Who 52, ten reasons to read, ten reasons to watch by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
A major new Doctor Who related series from Alex – even if you don’t yet watch it, give it a go next week.

11. Tax credits and the Scotland Bill by Graeme Cowie on Predictable Paradox.
Telling the SNP to play with its power rangers.

12. The victims of ISIS* The Paris attacks in an international context by Emma Thompson on Blood of the Scribe.
Remembering all of ISIS’ victims.

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

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One Comment

  • Eddie Sammon 15th Nov '15 - 9:04pm

    I thought this blog was brilliant: “Defeating ISIS, standing by France” by Lib Dem Fightback:

    http://libdemfightback.yolasite.com/liberal-free-voice/defeating-isis-standing-by-france

    We can’t not pursue justice because they “want to provoke us” and we need to make sure that the justice is tough enough to make them think twice about doing it again. Until the weekend I never thought death was too good for ISIS, but now I do. Ideally they should be captured alive, but if not: stopped by any means necessary.

    Finally, we should protect the innocent and welcome regular Muslims with open arms, but we still need to bring ISIS to justice as soon as possible.

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