Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #126

by Stephen Tall on July 20, 2009

Welcome to the 126th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (12th – 18th July 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. This week’s collection has a slight by-election flavour, you may notice…

1. How Doctor Who Made Me A Liberal on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
A 2004 article from Outpost Gallifrey tops the Golden Dozen a mere 5 years later.

2. Have the Lib Dems lost the plot in Norwich? on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
Why the party should stop calling Green candidate Rupert Read an ‘extremist’.

3. New EU Tory Leader “Essentially A Fascist” Says Tory MEP
on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
By their friends shall ye know them.

4. The Fernandos expose a wider failure
on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
Don’t just (re-)read James’s article; read the comments thread, too.

5. The Reign of Television on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
Which other post this week combines Robespierre, homeopathy, triffids, Stephen Fry and even an unexpected mention of Doctor Who?

6. Speaker Bercow takes another step! on Lynne Featherstone’s Haringey and Parliamentary Diary.
And saves Lib Dem MPs some shoe-leather.

7. If Madam Would Care To Try…? on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
Why settle for lots of little blog-posts if you call roll them all up into one marathon blog-post Wilcockian stylie?

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. Now is not the time to abandon pavement politics on ‘Costigan Quist’s’ Himmelgarten Cafe blog.
“Costigan writes a good rebuttal of my earlier post [see 4., above] (oh such mutual backslapping!).” (Submitted by jamesgraham via LibDig).

9. SNP ‘A Bit Naughty’ in 2007 Election – Mason on Stephen Glenn’s Linlthgow Journal blog.
“Stephen shows how SNP electoral sleight of hand which helped them win 2007 election will not help them in independence referendum.” (Submitted by caron via LibDig).

10. Is there a market for the Libertarian Party?
on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger blog.
‘One of the many new parties challenging in the Norwich North by-election are the Libertarian Party’ – Nich assesses their prospects.

11. Exclusive: Fiona Hall replaces Andrew Duff as Lib Dem Leader
on Antony Hook’s blog.
‘Fiona Hall MEP has now been elected to follow Andrew Duff MEP as leader of the British contingent of Liberal Democrat MEPs.’ Antony breaks the news all Lib Dems, including the national party, seem to have missed.

12. The challenge for the Lib Dems on ‘Richard Cobden’s’ Cobden’s Comments blog.
‘In my humble opinion, the Lib Dems are still some way off a convincing case that can be put to the voters.’ Such a cheery way to conclude this week’s Golden Dozen.

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging.

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