Weekly Catchup 24th-30th March

Weekly Catchup brings you the best of Lib Dem Voice in one easy-to-digest capsule.

Three pages-worth of posts to choose from this week in the new, shiny, upgraded management interface which you ordinary users don’t get to see.

Guest writers this week were considering Nick Clegg’s first 100 days. We heard from Mary Reid, Paul Walter, Linda Jack and Martin Land. Darrell Goodliffe wrote about pulpit politics and boycotting China, and came close to overtaking Laurence Boyce as one of our more prolific contributors. And Jonathan Calder gave us the third in his regular series of exposés of the other parties’ blogging efforts.

The posts this week that attracted most comment were How Green are the Conservatives? (not very), Harry Hayfield writing about electoral reform, and news about the new name for our youth wing. We also generated much heat debating various Tory councillors’ proposals for sterilizing and euthanising the less fortunate in society.

We heard about the party’s new “Hold them to account” campaign here, and we responded robustly to Clegg’s calls for expenses to be published here.  Lynne Featherstone was amazed we noticed her on Twitter, and called for bloggers and campaigners to work in a new and different way.  Her call was heard by Andy Mayer and we hope more bloggers will respond next week.

And the week came to an end with quite a good-natured, policy based spat between the Green and Lib Dem mayoral campaign camps. Bloggers woke up to an email from the Greens saying that Lib Dem Brian Paddick was in fact not a Lib Dem. We covered that here in an opinion piece from Peter David which generated a lot of comment, including debating points from a Green London Assembly-member. I don’t think many people have changed their position, but at least we’re still on speaking terms.

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