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.

Don’t forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

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
“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
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.

Featured? Add this to your blog post!
Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice
<a href=""><img src="" width="200" height="57" alt="Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice" title="Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice" /></a>

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

Read more by .
This entry was posted in Best of the blogs.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • User AvatarWilliam Fowler 16th Jun - 9:10am
    Surely Boris's ability to twist and turn, not really mean what he says, and use his charisma to get out of trouble is just what...
  • User AvatarThomas 16th Jun - 9:02am
    Peter Martin, Michael BG - how about? M-X = -3 and T-G = 1 then S-I = 2? Or: M-X =-2 and T-G =0 then...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 16th Jun - 8:50am
    "I did not disagree with the need to reduce the public sector deficit and debt " That's 'cos of his neoliberal tendencies! If anyone wants...
  • User AvatarIan Sanderson (RM3) 16th Jun - 8:34am
    Recently, in our local area police have been trialling facial recognition and, in at least one case, getting high-handed with someone who shielded his face...
  • User AvatarDenis Loretto 16th Jun - 8:09am
    As has already been said in this thread there is no such thing as people moulded into separate distinct cadres suitable only for specific political...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 16th Jun - 6:44am
    @ JoeB, "In an open economy, national saving is the sum of private savings, the public saving, and net capital inflows" Ok so what does...