Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #445

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 445th 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 (3-9 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. Good news from a key Liberal Democrat electoral battleground by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Edinburgh West re-open their office with a larger than life photo of their candidate, Alex Cole-Hamilton, on one of Edinburgh’s busiest roads.

2. 5 ideas to unite lib-labbery but I’m not holding my breath, Vince by Stephen Tall  on Stephen Tall.
Stephen says that the parties are too tribal to make that work.

3. Nick Clegg has lost an empire and not year found a role by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Nick needs to get on with it and improve his voting record.

4.  What the academics say: do election posters work? by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Findings from the US – what do they say and could they have relevance here?

5. Keith Vaz has deleted his Twitter account by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
That didn’t last long, though, as the Labour MP does the social media Hokey Cokey.

6. Corbyn: That joke isn’t funny any more by Tom King on Never cruel or cowardly.
Cameron is more bothered about his own party than the capability of the Labour Party to oppose him.

7. Why yesterday made me feel genuinely sorry for Jeremy Corbyn by Nick Tyrone  on
Out of his depth and his comfort zone without the means to escape.

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. Laura Kuenssberg and thin-skinned Corbynistas by Carl Minns on A liberal view from Hull.
The BBC’s political editor does her job. If this inconveniences the Labour leadership, so what.

9.  Crisis? What crisis? The SNP and oil by Martin Veart on Martin’s view.
A Scottish Government in denial over a contraction of the oil industry which will last for years.

10. Tipping the Board by Louise Ankers on From one of the jilted generation.
Louise reports on a new initiative to make sure there are diversity on all sorts of boards.

11. How party members and supporters see themselves and their parties byNick Barlow on What you can get away with .
Nick looks at some LSE research.

12. Lib Dem New Year’s Resolutions 2016 #1: Do something serious about diversity by Austin Rathe on
And that means that middle class white men will lose some of the huge advantage that they currently have, argues, Austin.

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

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