Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #71

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2008

Welcome to the 71st of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (22nd-29th 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. Sunday Telegraph alleges clash between Nick Clegg and Chris Rennard on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
I like Liberal Neil’s verdict in the comments thread: “This story looks like rubbish to me. I think the clue is in the first two words of your title!”

2. ‘Where is everybody?’ They’re all in Henley, Boris! on Helen Duffett’s Paint The Town Orange blog.
Is it possible Boris is already regretting forsaking Henley for London?

3. Henley by-election: open (speculation) thread
on Lib Dem Voice. Interesting to read my “three key questions” with the benefit of hindsight…

4. Smithson’s view: So what’s the betting on Henley? by Mike Smithson on Lib Dem Voice.
Mike’s in the money thanks to Gordon Brown. (There’s also a fascinating, tangential and heated comments thread on the role of

5. Hooooray Henley!
on Brian Mathew’s blog.
An upbeat message from the by-election front-line.

6. If Henley elects Stephen, we’ll all be winners on Helen Duffett’s Paint The Town Orange blog.
The latest bloggers’ interview, this time with the man of the moment Stephen Kearney. (The other interviews are over at the blogs of Millennium Elephant and Linda Jack).

7. Henley on Thames, what went wrong? on John Dixon’s A Radical Writes blog.
“In the world of consumer politics (the people are marketing is based towards), the Tories have an easy chance of taking government. In the world of citizen politics (people who think about what they want for society) we could be doing a lot better.”

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’. The sharp-eyed may notice a slight Henley-slant 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. What does Henley mean for the Lib Dems? by Stephen Tall and Chris Rennard writes about the Henley result by, erm, Chris Rennard – both on Lib Dem Voice.
The articles are pretty good (ahem), but the comments threads are well worth reading, too.

9. Henley – time to reflect on Linda Jack’s Lindyloo’s Muze blog.
“… we fought a professional campaign against a known resurgent Tory party – but as I have said before and will say again, the landscape is quite different from Bromley and that is what we need to reflect upon.”

10. The death of Focus? on Tristan Mills’ Liberty Alone blog.
The age-old election agent’s question: how many leaflets are too many?

11. Moving forward from Henley on the wit and wisdom blog.
A blunt analysis: “I cannot conceal my crushing disappointment at the result. My fundamental question is how many more such disappointments must occur before we start to look at our historically successful but now faltering campaign machine.”

12. Henley’s last Liberal MP on Iain Sharpe’s Eaten By Missionaries blog.
Phillip Morrell, apparently, “who represented South Oxfordshire between 1906 and 1910. He and his wife Lady Ottoline had a notoriously ‘open’ marriage – he fathered illegitimate children, while Bertrand Russell was merely the best-known of her lovers.” Suddenly Boris seems so dull.

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