Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #463

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 463rd 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 July, 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.  Labour moderates – it’s now or never. Forget Angela Eagle and fight for yourselves by Stephen Tall on Stephen Tall .
They need to choose an inspiring candidate and fight for them.

2. On the prospect of a new party  by Chris Sargeantson on Terrible Pie.
Working together is one thing, but one pro EU anti Brexit party may not be liberal at a time we need liberal values to be articulated.

3. Welsh Assembly Remuneration Board to change rules to accommodate Neil Hamilton by Peter Black on Peter Black.
What do you do when an AM doesn’t even live in the country and commutes from an English mansion?

4. Lib Dems on the rise – gaining seats on local councils  by  Rob Stickland on Rob Stickland.
Did someone mention 4 by-election gains in one night?

5. Lessons from Tooting and the perils of low intensity blandness by Mark Pack on Mark Pack .
We need a new strategy for fighting parliamentary by-elections.

6. 3 things I’ve learnt about the possibility of a progressive alliance by Lucy Salek on In pursuit of nuance.
What Lucy found at an event that was supposed to build common ground.

7.  Andrea Leadsom decides to apologise and play the victim by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Did Andrea read this and decide to stop down as Jonathan asked?

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. Why we all knew that referenda were foreign rubbish by Tony Greaves on Liberal Lord.
But Cameron went and did it anyway.

9. Regrexit by Wera Hobhouse on Wera’s Blog.
Wera meets a voter experiencing buyer’s remorse.

10. On the freedom to travel and unified continents by Maria Pretzler on Working Memories.
As we seem to be on the verge of closing our borders, a fascinating look at the benefits of free travel.

11. Know nothing arrogance, or Machiavellian machinations by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
“Mrs. May has squared the circles of her party, at the cost of irritating all the UK’s international partners.”

12. Southern Rail failings: a staff member writes by David Boyle on The Real Blog.
David is getting 100,000 readers for his blogs on Southern Rail’s catastrophic service. My Facebook feed is full of friends suffering from Southern’s incompetence. Reading this post from David, you get the impression that the company who manage the Southern franchise could do a lot better if it just treated its staff properly.

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

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