Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #444

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 444th 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 (26 December 2015 – 2 January, 2016), 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. Simon Danczuk: A knave or just another victim of a capricious media? by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy.
Mark looks at our expectations of our politicians and the actions of the media. What is the best way forward?

2. Lib Dems in the New Year’s Honours list 2015/16 by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Which Lib Dems received gongs?

3.  Liberal Democrats will compromise and do want national power by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
A critique of Miranda Green’s Guardian article.

4. Who do you think has been the most effective Liberal Democrat MP since May 2015? by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
A poll.

5. Richard Kemp selected to be Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of Liverpool by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
And a jolly good choice that is.

6.  Alex and Richard’s Doctor Who 52: 06: The Abonimable Snowmen by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
A yeti-tastic explanation of why Moffat’s Great Intelligence isn’t nearly as good as the original.

7. Being a traditional Tory seems like hard work these days by Nick Tyrone on
An interesting persepective on the “political correctness gone mad” brigade’s reaction to having mothers’ names on marriage certificates.

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. Happy New Beer by Jennie Rigg on Luton Nutmeg.
Find uut what stopped her doing a Dry January.

9. Perhaps not the best of years: Lord Bonkers in 2015 by Lord Bonkers on Liberator’s Blog.
What has His Lordship got to say about the year just gone?

10. Why liberal views are often seen to be lacking in emotion by Nick Tyrone on
If we’ve learned anything from the Scottish referendum, it’s that facts don’t matter when people feel emotionally involved in something. Nick argues that for the EU Referendum, the EU people need to find some passion.

11.  Martin Hunt by Nick Barlow  on What you can get away with.
On Nick’s new look blog, he pays tribute to his friend and former council colleague Martin Hunt who died on Christmas Eve.

12. One nation under surveillance by Matt Gilllow on Filibuster.
Why we must oppose Theresa May’s Snoopers’ Charter.

And as a wee bonus, if you need some cute in your life to cheer you up now the Festive Season is over, watch this. 

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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