Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #544

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 544th  round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the five most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator over the last fortnight (17 February -2 March, 2019), as we missed last week because I was knackered after Scottish Conference , together with a hand-picked seven 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 fails to dent Conservative majority in this week’s one Council by-election by Mar Pack on Mark Pack.
Mark’s by-election round up.

2. The Independent Group shows how all three parties are narrowing their appeal by Matthew Green on Thinking Liberal.
Do the Lib Dems have to broaden appeal to grow?

3. David Boyle: The Lib Dems should act decisively and join the Independent Group now by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
A warning on our distinctiveness or lack of it.

4. Lib Dems fear a slump in donations by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
But there is some good news…

5. My first acquaintance with the Social Democrats by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Reflections on a 1982 by-election and an unsettling experience with stationery.

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. On the world being built around men and the dismissal of women’s pain by Jennie Rigg on Did Lavalantula die in vain?
Seriously, women’s lives are put at risk because the world is designed for men. And Jennie expresses her rage as only she can about the failure to investigate an alternative effect of Viagra.

7. First one out – Britain’s gay and lesbian MPs by Stephen Williams on Stephen Williams.
Stephen writes about his experience as the first out gay Lib Dem MP – and tells of some of the appalling homophobia he experienced in the party.

8.  The notorious RBG of the US Supreme Court by Jane Chelliah on Feminist Mama .
A review of the new film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

9.  Anti semitism is racism by Richard Kemp on But what does Richard Kemp think?
A clear statement of support for Liverpool’s Jewish community

10. TIGGERS by Helen Belcher  on Challenging Journeys, Phase 2.
The new group is more about what it is against than for, says Helen.

11.  Day 6623: Trigger the Tiggers by Richard Flowers on The very fluffy diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
Richard finds the TIG statement of values wanting.

12. If politics has changed, why do we need the same old? by Jane Chelliah on Feminist Mama.
The Independent Group is offering nothing new, argues Jane.

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

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