Top of the Blogs: the Golden Dozen #11

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2007

Welcome to the eleventh of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (29th April – 6th May), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Rather unsurprisingly, this week’s selection is dominated by Thursday’s local elections. So here is our ‘mixed bag’ analysing that ‘mixed bag’:

1. ‘Lessons to be learned for the Lib Dems’ on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
Three reasons why the Lib Dems failed (at least in those areas where we did fail).

2. ‘Those Local Election Results: Get a Grip’ on Jeremy Hargreaves’ blog.
Not the best of results, not the worst of results, so let’s not panic.

3. ‘Opinion: will the election results spell the end for Menzies Campbell’s leadership? The answer is in your hands as much as his.’ by Rob Fenwick on Lib Dem Voice.
The muttering starts here…

4. ‘Lib Dem results bode well for sitting Lib Dem MP’s’ (again) on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
How does the saying go? Where we work, we win.

5. ‘Cameron Candidate Gets No Votes’ on John Hemming MP’s blog.
Every candidate’s worst nightmare.

6. ‘Election 2007’ on Paula Keveaney’s blog.
Not letting (temporary) defeat deter her from campaigning.

7. ‘Cable Vision’ on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
Dr Vince analyses the Lib Dem performance on almost no sleep.

And here’s another five you may not have read, but should have done:

8. ‘Speaking out inappropriately’
on Peter Black AM’s blog.
Creating a stir with his call for an early leadership election among Welsh Lib Dems.

9. ‘So those elections then…’ on Andy Mayer’s
Believes Scottish Lib Dems blundered by ruling out a referendum on Scottish independence. Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog expresses similar sentiments.

10. ‘Those election results: hmmm…’ on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog! blog.
Key lesson: Lib Dems need to be better at winning the air war – “there’s only so much we can do on the ground when the national party messages are not coming across and being drowned out by our opponents’.”

11. ‘Weekly bin collections – A phyrric victory?’ on Neil Fawcett’s A Liberal Dose blog. Surely the Tories aren’t saying different things in different places?

12. ‘So much for youtube (gloating from Eastbourne)’ on Bernard Woolley’s Clowns to the Left of Me blog.
Putting ultra-slick campaigning in its place.

That’s it for this week, folks. Congratulations to the 2,162 newly-elected Lib Dem councillors; commiserations to those who lost. Hoped you enjoyed the Bank Holiday week-end – now go and deliver those Thank-You Focuses…

* Stephen Tall blogs at ‘A Liberal Goes A Long Way’.