Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #107

by Stephen Tall on March 11, 2009

Welcome to the 107th 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 March 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, mostly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down.

1. Aberdeenshire and the Executive Committee on Ruaraidh Dobson’s My Very Infrequently Updated Lib Dem Blog.
The saga of the ‘Aberdeenshire Three’.

2. Pollwatch: Lib Dems behind Labour as best party on the environment and third on economy and education on Neil Stockley’s blog.
‘The big story, in my view, is Labour’s crash as the party that is seen as best at managing the economy.’

3. Fianna Fail to Join European Liberals?
on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
‘Under Graham Watson’s stewardship, the ALDE Group has already swelled to over 100 members — the largest ever Liberal presence in the European Parliament’s history.’

4. People switch off from Labour – and switch on to the Lib Dems!
on Glen Goodall’s blog.
Labour has failed nationally, and in Reading apparently.

5. Three Lib Dem councillors suspended on Lib Dem Voice.
See 1.

6. A look back at the polls: February 2009 on Lib Dem Voice.
A fair, balanced and 100% accurate reflection on the party’s popular standing. I think.

7. Lord Ashdown and I have words… on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
Careful, James, Paddy’s a trained killer, y’know.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. As is now traditional we’re using the LibDig widget to select some of the posts from the seven days in question which you’ve most ‘dug’. But, remember, if you want to highlight a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – using the steam-powered method of e-mail 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. Tory U-turn on political donations on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
“Good bit of digging into what the Tories said then and say now.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig).

9. Islington Labour stands for high Council Tax – once again on Jeremy Hargreaves’ blog.
“A thoughtful response to this week’s hot topic in Islington. Will Labour regret their budget victory? I know Islington residents will….” (Submitted by Bridget Fox via LibDig).

10. My greatest mistake
on Chris Davies MEP’s blog.
Chris ‘fesses up to not regretting losing his seat in the 1997 election. He really should regret it, since it inflicted the egregious Phil Woollas on the rest of us.

11. Why the Lib Dems aren’t like the Conservatives on Anders Hanson’s blog.
“Parties take far longer to change than just the time it takes for a Cameron-style makeover,” argues Anders. Indeed.

12. What crime could you commit with some balloons, a blanket and a bar of soap? on Lib Dem Voice.
Check out the comments thread… you’re a warped an inventive lot, arentcha?

That’s it for another week. Happy blogging.

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