Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #52

by Stephen Tall on February 17, 2008

Happy 1st birthday to the Golden Dozen, and welcome to the 52nd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (10th-17th February), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Here we go, in descending order of popularity:

1. The day the Lib Dems died on the Wit and Wisdom blog.
Hyperbole: apparently the best way to get to the top of the charts.

2. The Cheeky Girls bare all for a good cause on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Bad luck if you missed the link when it first came out.

3. Nick Clegg’s half century: not out on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog! blog.
You don’t even get 100 days to prove yourself these days: James’s full take on Nick after 50 is at Comment Is Free here.

4. Nick Cohen: being a member of the BNP is like being a member of the Liberal Democrats
on Alix Mortimer’s The People’s Republic of Mortimer blog.
A tale of the collision between parish pump politics and the BNP.

5. Should I stay or should I go now on Robert Shaw’s The Willow Man blog.
The question dividing the Lib Dem blogosphere: can David Heath vote for a Lisbon Treaty referendum and stay on the party’s front bench?

6. A Liberal Democrat politician is in The Sun today
on Lib Dem Voice.
Perhaps those who clicked on the teasing headline were hoping for expecting something a tad more racy?

7. Vote on the David Heath issue – Should David Heath stay or go?
on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
Last time I looked David enjoyed the confidence of 80% of those who’ve voted in Nich’s poll.

And now to the five slots we reserve under the category ‘well worth reading even if they didn’t get the most clicks this week’. And my thanks to Alex Wilcock, whose chiding post, Lib Dem Voice Participation Up 100%, has sparked a slew of nominations this week – for which many, many thanks. Indeed, there are too many to feature them all, and (as if to prove how individual we liberals are) all 13 posts nominated were different. So, apologies to those who are missed out, and thanks to those who sent in their requests. Remember, all you have to do is drop me a line at, highlighting the best Lib Dem blog postings from the past week (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. Should Government get directly involved in ‘censoring’ films and videos?
on Edis Bevan’s MKNE Political Information blog.
“A fascinating piece of legal and cultural history,” notes Tristan Mills.

9. Kerron’s cross about Nick Clegg
on Anders Hanson’s blog.
A well-deserved fisking.

10. Multi-culturalism – the latest moral panic on Linda Jack’s Lindyloo’s Muze blog.
“My take is to look at what may be the opposite to ‘multi-culturalism’, ‘mono-culturalism’. How boring is that?” “a real blinder of a post” says Paul Walter.

11. A Government of High-Quality Fantasists? on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
The odd sensation of sympathising with clueless Labour ministers and empathising with sneering BBC interviewers.

12. Dinner with Dale on Jonny Wright’s Hug A Hoodie blog.
Jonny, winner of 2007’s best new Lib Dem blog, tucks into politics with the Tories’ top blogging pundit.

And that’s it for another week… happy blogging.

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As I believe it is important to raise people’s awareness of environmental issues, I have found another copy of the photograph to link to.

by Jonathan Calder on February 17, 2008 at 9:43 pm. Reply #

Wouldn’t the birthday post be number 53?

by Andy on February 17, 2008 at 10:02 pm. Reply #

Well done to the willow man for giving Iain Dale lots of ammunition to use against the Lib Dem Party…perhaps he should join the Tory party if he hates our MPs so much?

by My naughty little sister on February 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm. Reply #

Hooray! I’m glad to have made a positive impact – and thanks to whoever was kind enough to nominate me, particularly as I didn’t get round to putting any suggestions in myself this week…

(And I thought that, Andy, but perhaps it’s the first anniversary of the week for which The Golden Dozen was first compiled, rather than first published?)

by Alex Wilcock on February 18, 2008 at 11:41 am. Reply #

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