Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #270

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 270th 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 April, 2012), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, 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. Reason why The Sun politics isn’t worth the paper it is written on #297 – Lib Dems to be reduced to just 7 MPs… by Neil Monnery on The Rambles of Neil Monnery.
“Imagine being able to predict the future. Dang I’m jealous.”

2. Is Zac Goldsmith about to join UKIP? by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
A third runway at Heathrow could be the last straw, suggests Richard.

3. An outbreak of honesty on the Labour Party website on Mark Pack’s blog.
“Ahem, this is the sort of thing that happens when you let the public put content on one of your websites”

4. On Being an Embarrassment to the Party on Jennie Rigg’s blog.
Because rocking the boat is what Liberals do.

5. Nick on fantastic form on the Today programme earlier by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
But who is the anonymous commenter at the bottom of the post?.

6. I, for one, welcome our new UKIP overlords on Mark Thompson’s blog.
Mark argues that a UKIP surge could make a fairer voting system more likely.

7. Dear FCC, With reference to Accreditation: by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Richard is against accreditation, and feels that last week’s consultation was unnecessary.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are normally chosen using the LibDig bookmarking website for party members, the site where you can highlight blog-posts you want to share with your fellow Lib Dems. Remember, though, you’re still more than welcome to nominate for the Golden Dozen a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – using the steam-powered method of e-mail … all you have to do is drop a line to [email protected]

8. Abu Qatada: when a deadline isn’t dead… or a line, for that matter by Mark Valladares on The View from Creeting St Peter.
“Hon Lady Mark talks good sense on human rights, deadlines & has one laugh out loud line on relative abilities of Sky News Reporter & Home Office.” (Submitted by caron via LibDig.)

9. Warsi’s Lib Dem gripe: a critique by Edward Sainsbury on Voice of a Citizen.
“Edward talks about the nature of coalition, collective responsibility and if the civil service is in control of policy, because we seem to announce policy then announce consultations.” (Submitted by Morgan Griffith-David via email.)

10. Where are Nick Clegg’s weird critics? by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
“Who are these people who believe mothers should not work?”

11. Candidate is a dummy on Peter Black AM’s blog.
An agent’s dream..?

12. What is a Liberal – to me? by Simon Banks on Siba The Hat.
“I’m a Social Liberal. I want a Liberal society.”

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

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