Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #70

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2008

Welcome to the 70th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (15th-21st 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. ‘Powerful message’ to hit Henley tomorrow on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Powerful, indeed: that David Cameron and the Henley Tories are more than a little rattled (see 7., below).

2. Jelly wrestling etc on Peter Black AM’s blog.
The joys of a well-rounded Oxbridge education.

3. The most unlikely by-election candidate suggestion so far
on Lib Dem Voice.
Revealing the desperation of the governing party.

4. Happy Birthday, Magna Carta (now lock it away)! on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
“The bossier they get, the more desperately they scream, the more useless they become.” Alex is talking about New Labour, in case you hadn’t guessed.

5. Fight hard at Henley and forget Haltemprice and Howden on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog.
Different approaches to fighting the Tories.

6. My leaflet’s not nasty? So sue me… on Richard Baum’s blog.
A plea for more intelligent election discourse. Will it ever happen?

7. Cameron: We will sue LibDems over Henley magazine on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings blog
Exposing quite how silly the Tories are being in Henley.

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 best campaign magazine … EVER! and Me vs. David Cameron both on Neil Fawcett’s A Liberal Dose blog.
How this storm in a by-election tea-cup all started.

9. Day 2716: We Can be Britain’s Baracks – Why you should be in Henley this week! aka Millennium Elephant meets Stephen Kearney (who is BRILLIANT!)
on Millennium Elephant’s Very Fluffy Diary blog.
Looks like Millennium’s a fan.

10. The more I think about the decision not to stand against David Davis, the worse it gets on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
“… when David Davis takes it into his head to resign and attempt to fight a by-election on civil liberties, what do we do? Incredibly, we decide to stand aside and let him make this issue entirely his own.”

11. 42 days, David Davis and Nick Clegg
on Lynne Featherstone’s Parliament and Haringey Diary blog.
“Real protection for our civil liberties doesn’t just come from electing Liberal Democrats – it comes from moving the terms of debate for all political parties. … helping make that happen matters far more than the usual instinct of ‘must fight every election, must fight every election, must fight every election.’”

12. The Kindness of Liberal Democrat strangers on Alex Folkes’ A Lanson Boy blog.
A heart-warming tale with which to round off the week.

And that’s it for another week… happy blogging and final few days of Henley campaigning.

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