Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #440

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 440th 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 (15-21 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.  Some background to the row over Chris Rennard, Liberal Democrat peers and the Federal Executive by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
The relationship between the leadership and the Lords has been rocky in recent years.

2.  Ambitions Liberal Democrats circling our most promising seats by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
This will give you a mental image you will never be able to unsee. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

3.  Me for the New Statesman on Rennard, Rock the Boat and what next by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
Stephen’s analysis after the impasse ended.

4.  Special conference triggered. All members will be able to attend and vote by Paul Walter  on Liberal Burblings.
How do we put the past to rest?

5. Nick Harvey says the Liberal Democrats fell for their own propaganda by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Our election strategy might have made sense to us but the voters weren’t listening.

6.  Does Corbyn actually want to lose elections? It’s become a serious question by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
“It’s as if he wants to feed into the Tory narrative around Corbyn being weak, an Islington hippie who won’t be able to stomach the choices every prime minister must make…”

7.  A bizarre Labour leaflet by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Labour working with UKIP and the Tories against the Lib Dems – and still we won.

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. Anti-Bullying Week – Darren Grimes’ story by Darren Grimes on Medium.com.
An account of how Darren was bullied to the brink and how he got through it.

9. Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015 by Jennie Rigg on Secure the unlimited rice pudding.
Jennie’s personal reflections and useful resources.

10. Safe spaces, dinner parties,  freedom of association, virtue signalling by Louise Ankers on From one of the jilted generation.
On that annoying habit of condemning others for things you do yourself.

11. My response to the Liberal Democrats’ governance consultation by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
Zoe’s response to the Governance Review.

12. The Rennard debacle: Better to rock the boat than have the tail wag the dog by James Graham on Quaequam Blog .
James, once described as the Lib Dem Blogosphere’s Tactical Nuclear Bastard, sums up recent events.

And as an entirely gratuitous bonus, Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty writes about one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes ever. It’s the second one I watched, as it went out, in 1974 where I utterly fell in love with the Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, the Brigadier and everything. Just what I needed to read after nn episode which put my emotions through a mangle last night.

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

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