Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #68

by Stephen Tall on June 8, 2008

Welcome to the 68th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (1st-7th June), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed.

Let’s get straight down to it, in descending order of popularity:

1. Henley Conservatives attack Lib Dem ‘outsider’ on Darrell Goodliffe’s Moments of Clarity blog.
Does it matter how local a Parliamentary candidate is?

2. Stephen Kearney asks Henley Tories to withdraw leaflet
on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
The Royston Vasey debate continues.

3. Mark Oaten – a ceasefire on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Kudos to the Winchester MP for his honest and heartfelt paean on

4. Opinion: The Charge of the Lib Dem Brigade
by Paul Reynolds on Lib Dem Voice.
Are Lib Dems over-obsessed by by-elections? Well, which two posts top this week’s Golden Dozen?

5. Henley by-election: new BBC report by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
An update from Oxfordshire on Stephen Kearney’s campaign.

6. Nick Clegg offers new snapshots of the Liberal Democrat narrative
on Neil Stockley’s blog.
The party leader starts to tell the public a liberal story.

7. A Disgrace To A Liberal Party? on Chris Black’s Moonlight Over Essex blog.
A brief piece, but one which teases out many core liberal issues – the right to protest, drugs law, representing your electorate even where you disagree, etc.

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’. Remember, if you do want to highlight a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – all you have to do is drop me a line at (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. The intolerant left: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown goes bonkers on Jonny Wright’s Hug A Hoodie blog.
If ever a piece were ripe for fisking…

9. Detention Without Charge – a Reminder on Jennie Rigg’s The Yorksher Bob blog.
A self-nomination (and why not?): “in which I remind everyone what the 42 days thing is actually about, because everybody seems to be talking about it as though someone who has committed a crime has to be let go once the 28 days that is currently in force is up, and that pisses me off.” Fair do’s.

10. Can they really be Labour’s saviours? on David Rundle’s de moribus liberalibus blog.
Reclaiming social justice as a clarion call for the Lib Dems.

11. Votes at 16 on Lynne Featherstone’s Parliamentary & Haringey Diary blog.
“Bloody Tories!” Always a great start to a piece. (And one of a series of first-rate articles on Lynne’s site this week.)

12. Whither freedom when you’re under “threat”? on Mat Bowles’ live journal.
This is how far a Labour Government has gone… scaring Mat into agreeing 100% with Sir John Major.

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