Top of the Blogs: the Golden Dozen #3

by Stephen Tall on March 11, 2007

The third of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories as listed on the Aggregator, together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

And there’s no doubt what’s been exercising our bloggers and their readers in the last seven days: that Harrogate speech by Ming Campbell, and the subsequent media reporting. So, here we go, in order of popularity:

1. ‘How to turn an average speech into a total disaster’ on Jonny Wright’s ‘Hug a Hoodie’ blog.
Impressed by Saturday’s Trident debate, depressed by Ming’s speech and the party’s spin machine on Sunday.

2. ‘Deal or No Deal?’ on James Graham’s ‘Quaequam Blog!’ blog.
Ming should have stuck to his simple line of ‘maximum votes, maximum seats’.

3. ‘Ming Takes a Risk. And Another’ on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
A customarily in-depth analysis of Ming’s speech: essential reading.

4. ‘Lib Dems spinning out of control’ on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
“Where is the new professionalism we were promised from Ming’s leadership?”

5. ‘Lib Dem Head of Media resigns’ on Austin Rathe’s Liberal Action blog.
The fall-out from the negative reporting of Ming’s speech claims its first victim.

6. ‘Ming Campbell, Gordon Brown and those five tests’ on Lynne Featherstone’s Parliament and Haringey Diary.
Lynne’s forthright response to the idea the Lib Dems may contemplate a marriage with Labour: “complete bollocks!”

7. ‘To the apparatchik: we will never budge on fair votes’ on Justine McGuinness’s blog.
So you think the Lib Dems might ever be tempted to ditch PR? Think again.

And another five you may have missed (some of them not about Ming’s speech):

8. ‘Wanted: a Clear Liberal Vision’ by Tabman on Liberal Review’s blog.
Stop setting Gordon Brown 5 tests to prove he’s a liberal: let’s set ourselves 5 liberal principles.

9. ‘The core of Liberalism’ on Tristan’s Liberty Alone blog.
Self-ownership is the starting point for liberalism.

10. ‘Cutting Crime: the Hollywood Years’ on Will Howells’ No Geek Is An Island blog.
Move over Martin Scorsese, there’s a new director on the block.

11. ‘Cameron panics’ by Femme de Resistance on the Forceful and Moderate blog.
Lest we forget, another party leader had a bit of a bad week too. FdR thinks Dave over-reacted to Patrick Mercer’s ‘black bastards’ interview.

12. ‘Total eclipse of the Ming’ on Millennium Dome, Elephant’s Very Fluffy Diary blog.
Five ways Ming might answer the ‘Hung Parliament’ question in the future.

And that’s it for another week.
* Stephen Tall blogs at ‘A Liberal Goes A Long Way’.

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I am still not very impressed with Ming’s wet response to trident, as I argued here, arguing to leave it a decade or two is not enough, we need to emphasise why it is the wrong way to go; both now and in the future.

by Zeth on March 11, 2007 at 2:23 pm. Reply #

Gee Zeth, thanks for stopping by to advertise your blog.

Whilst there were many who didn’t agree with the tactics, I think the principle behind the Lib Dem policy on Trident is that we need to work to rid the world of these weapons. Some think the best way to do this is to scrap all our (British) weapons now. Some think we should decide that we won’t replace our weapons at the end of Trident’s life, and some think that we keep some of our weapons now and decide nearer the time whether the world situation is such that we need to replace our Trident or not. It’s about what will give us the best leverage to convince other countries that they should abandon nuclear weapons. There is disagreement within the Lib Dems on what tactics to use: but the vast majority agree that we should work to getting rid of them. As it was, those who won the day felt that not making a commitment to develop new weapons now, and getting rid of half of what we do have would strengthen our negotiations with other countries.

by Some sense for Zeth on March 11, 2007 at 9:16 pm. Reply #

Thanks for the plug!

by Tabman on March 12, 2007 at 7:31 am. Reply #

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