Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #458

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 458th 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 May, 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.  What do Labour moderates do with this poll? by Nick Tyrone on
There are no good options.

2. Police apply to courts or more time to investigate ANOTHER Tory MP by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
The total number now exceeds their majority.

3. Kill or cure: why Kirsty Williams might take a Welsh Government position by Energlyn Churchill on Towards Gunfire.
What has she got to lose?

4. Why disasters get covered up and how to stop this by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
The capacity for citizens to challenge the authorities must be preserved.

5. Tim Farron backs Kirsty Williams’ cabinet post plan by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Find out why Jonathan thinks he’s right.

6. The likely casualties of Labour’s failure to secure a majority in Wales by Peter Black on Peter Black.
Two of Carwyn Jones’ big initiatives are likely to bite the dust – and some Labour AMs won’t be troubled.

7. Shaffaq Mohammed is back as leader of Sheffield Lib Dems by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
The Lib Dems are gaining again in Sheffield.

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.A Zip for Europe, in England by Gareth Epps on Liberator’s Blog.
On a proposal to ensure gender and other diversity for the European elections

9. Orgreave by Peter Wrigley on Keynesian Liberal.
Especially in context of David Boyle’s post above. Peter contrasts the relative speeds of the decision on an Orgreave enquiry with the action taken after the riots in London.

10. Campaign Diary: Day 5 Canvassing proper begins by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy.
Mark hits the campaign trail.

11. Addressing the targeting problem by Cen Philips on Liberal Thoughts.
Some suggestions for helping build capacity in our weaker areas.

12. Shropshire’s unitary authority has failed and it’s hurting our county by Andy Boddington on Andy Boddington.
Andy explains the failure in the local government structure.

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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