Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #451

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 451st 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 (21 – 27 February, 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. How we won Sutton (Cambridgeshire) with an 18.5% swing from the Tories by Neil Fawcett on ALDC.
Back to first principles. A good solid Lib Dem campaign from the textbooks.

2. 1 Lib Dem gain but no candidate in 3/4 by-elections by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
If you don’t stand, people get out of the habit of voting for you.

3. Nasty smear campaign against Lib Dem councillors by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
Someone is putting  a lot of effort into doing some really unpleasant stuff.

4. Boris has blown his big chance by Nick Tyrone on NickTyrone.com.
He’s too late, says Nick.

5. Confessions of a Lib Dem Eurosceptic by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall.
But he’s not keen on the company he’d keep if he chose Leave.

6. Gove and Johnson’s coup attempt by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
Who will be “be cast into outer darkness where the devouring worm never dies and the fire is not quenched”?

7. Day 5531: Brexit is for the Faeries? by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
Great analysis – and loved the “GREAT FLUFFY GRIEF there are four months of this to go!” Maybe I am referendum-fatigued, but I feel that way after two weeks. At least we have the Scottish elections to focus on up here. You unlucky people in England

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. We must defend free speech on our campuses by Michael Wilson on The Libertine
Peter Tatchell being no-platformed? Michael thinks this is going too far and is not what safe spaces are all about.

9. So, this Clean for the Queen thing by Jennie Rigg on The Spark Frout Mystery.
A serious point accompanied by pictures that can only provoke giggling.

10. The Pupil Premium, what’s it all about? Basically more money for schools secured by the Liberal Democrats by Liz Evans on Elizabeth Evans: Tales from the Campaign Trail.

11. A #libdemvalues vs other parties Rorschach Test by Alex Wilcock on Love and Liberty.
Alex writes about the Agenda 2020 Essay Competition

12. Refugees speech to Cambridge City Council by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
On her attempt to try and match the Council’s words with some action

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

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