Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #496

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 496th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the five most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (19-25 November, 2017), together with a hand-picked seven you might otherwise have missed.

Don’t forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. Darren Grimes, Liberator and Liberal Democrat Voice by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
So we published an article from a then party member supporting Norman Lamb’s leadership campaign in 2015. How were we supposed to know he was going to become a Brexiteer embroiled at the centre of an Electoral Commission probe? It’s worth noting that most of the LDV team supported Tim Farron in the leadership election but the site remained neutral.

2. Shouldn’t “no deal” brexiteers by celebrating the Irish obstructing the next round of negotiations? by Nick Tyrone on
It should play into their hands but they don’t seem too chuffed.

3. Electoral Commission re-opens investigation into Vote Leave spending by Mark Pack on Mark Pack.
There are a lot of questions over Brexiteers’ spending.

4. Budget: the liberal dog that hasn’t barked by Iain Brodie-Browne on Birkdale Focus.
Why does nobody talk about employee ownership any more?

5. I had thought that by the time I reached my 50s the bullying would stop by Helen Belcher on Challenging Journeys, Phase 2.
A heartbreaking post and essential reading to understand the harmful impact of the anti-transgender nonsense that has such free rein in the national press.

And now to the seven 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

6.  Attention any Lib Dems thinking of submitting motions for Spring Conference by Jennie Rigg on I spend ages hanging around the Rue Morgue in a gorilla suit and what do I get?
Jennie giving you lots of notice to get your act together.

7. So, Kezia’s going on a tv show. Why all the fuss? by Andrew Page on A Scottish Liberal.
It’s fine to have a debate about it, but can we stop with all the vile abuse, says Andrew.

8. Mums, you are your child’s foremost storytellers, not Sleeping Beauty by Jane Challiah on Feminist Mama.
It’s great to highlight hte issues with the Sleeping Beauty story, but our kids are always going to hear things that conflict with our values and we can deal with that by what we teach them.

9. Period poverty on trans day of remembrance by Jen Yockney on Either/And.
Why it’s important to watch our language around this sensitive issue.

10. Twitter: Sometimes you learn the hard way by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy.
An unpleasant experience causes Mark to reflect on the nature of debate in this country

11. In praise of offshore tax havens by Cicero on Cicero’s Songs.
Food for thought on some blatant hypocrisy in this debate.

12. Labour front bench unites with Tories in pro-Brexit vote by Peter Black on Peter Black.
Reminding people that Labour are as responsible for the Tories for the disastrous situation we are now in.

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

Featured? Add this to your blog post!
Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice
<a href=""><img src="" width="200" height="57" alt="Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice" title="Featured on Liberal Democrat Voice" /></a>

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

Read more by .
This entry was posted in Best of the blogs.


  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 26th Nov '17 - 9:21pm

    Why include us in the article in the first place? There was no need. It looks like you just wanted to compare us unfavourably to Liberator.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • User AvatarAndrew Toye 19th Mar - 2:23pm
    Sometimes politicians sound robotic in their answers to questions from the public - referring to official manifestos and candidate/MP briefings for fear of going "off...
  • User Avatarsaskia 19th Mar - 2:16pm
    I was one of those people that was ridiculed for opposing the coalition with the Tories. My former local Lib-Dem MP gently dismissed my concerns.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 19th Mar - 2:15pm
    Maybe, Jennie; but what an odd way to conduct your affairs. When my son or daughter in law start doing it when my wife and...
  • User AvatarJoeB 19th Mar - 1:49pm
    Peter Martin, as to whether "If Governments in the UK and the EU had followed MMT advice since 2008 we’d be in very different world,...
  • User AvatarRoland 19th Mar - 1:43pm
    the Lib Dems should carve a niche as the party campaigning against intergenerational unfairness. Naturally, the answer to this question depends a lot on which...
  • User AvatarMark Platt 19th Mar - 1:35pm
    I tried it too, and gave up when it couldn't accept my very Lib Dem responses of 'well yes, but of course...' A good start,...