Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #455

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 455th 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 (10 -,16 April 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.  Lib Dems deliver by-election double whammy by Dawud Islam on LibDemHame .
On that brilliant win in Cornwall and strong hold in Somerset.

2. If the Daily Mail wrote this headline, we’d be outraged, why is it ok for the Indy? by Ben Rathe, on the Gripes of Rathe .
It isn’t. And while there might be an issue about Samantha Cameron having a SpAd, it’s not about fashion.

3.  A stunning victory for Karen in Wadebridge West  by Jeremy Rowe on Jeremy Rowe.
The inside story of a fantastic result.

4. Cameron will probably survive the tax scandal – because of Labour and its supporters by Nick Tyrone on Nick Tyrone.com.
Labour miss an open goal – again.

5.  Conservatives nominate two different candidates for same council vacancy by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
And one appears to be the incumbent Conservative councillor. One to file under “you couldn’t make it up.”

6. Labour leaflet cock up by Jonathan Wallace on Jonathan Wallace.
The mistake we hope we will never make – getting the date of the election wrong. Using last year’s template, maybe?

7.  The way the right of centre press have responded to the spectre of Brexit has been extraordinary  by Nick Tyrone on nicktyrone.com.
The right are choosing their moment to kill the Cameron project.

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. What is an ever closer union? by Millicent Ragnhild Scott on LinkedIn.
“The statement is intended to draw attention to the similarities of the peoples of Europe, rather than to the divisions, falsely created and magnified by wartime.”

9.  The EU an the UK explained in bananas  by Millicent Ragnhild Scott on LinkedIn.
This is my favourite analogy ever.

10. Voters are estranged from politicians as the Brexit vote nears – and that’s good for everyone by Daisy Benson on Independent Voices .
Contrasting a set piece debate and the openness and thirst for information by visitors to a street stall.

11. Want to be a Liberal Democrat candidate for the 2019 European elections? Not on the approved candidates list? You need to move fast by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy.
A useful reminder from Mark – if in doubt get yourself approved NOW.

12. The Welsh Lib Dem battle for survival by Energlyn Churchill on Towards Gunfire.
An analysis of our prospects in Wales and how we can make sure that that hearse stays empty.

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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