Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #139

by Stephen Tall on October 18, 2009

Welcome to the 138th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (11th – 17th October 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, partly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

Don’t forget, by the way, you can now sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox – just click here – ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

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

1. Bedford mayoral election … Lib Dems’ Dave Hodgson ahead on 1st preferences
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Besting the Tories in Bedford.

2. Sara Scarlett shows her Old Labour credentials by Mark Littlewood on Liberal Vision’s blog.
And she does so, here on Lib Dem Voice.

3. Bedford Mayoral Election … Lib Dems’ Dave Hogdson WINS! by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Yep, still besting the Tories in Bedford. Well done, that Mayor!

4. ‘The country’s bankrupt!’, ‘Sorry madam your card has been declined…again!’
on John Ault’s Alter Ego blog.
An East Devon Tory voter and her bouncing credit card …

5. Five of the seven top seats for graduate population have LibDem MPs by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
And the winner is … Susan Kramer’s Richmond Park constituency.

6. Lib Dem MPs: what the Legg letters said
by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Our rolling round-up of the expenses reckonings of the party’s 63 MPs.

7. Lib Dem MPs’ Legg letters: scores on the doors by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
Keeping the tally – there are still 22 Lib Dem MPs staying schtum

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 a line to (providing the web-link and author, and any tagline comment you care to have published).

8. You can’t be a half-iconoclast on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
“Why electoral reformers need to ditch their belief in the value of the constituency link. And quite right, too.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig).

9. Seeing Mr Speaker on Lynne Feathersone MP’s blog.
“Positive news on the attitude of John Bercow to modernising Parliament’s approach to all things online.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig).

10. Why I don’t touch local politics on Charlotte Gore’s blog.
Reading between the lines in Calderdale.

11. Battle for future of books hots up as Kindle goes international on Mark Pack’s blog.
Amazon v Google. But which is best? There’s only one way to find out … FIGHT! The long run.

12. Nick Robinson and the BBC – The Sound of Silence?
on Linda Jack’s Lindyloo’s Muze blog.
‘… if the Tories had won I have no doubt it would have featured long and loud! What’s all this nonsense about the BBC being a hotbed of left wing dissent?!’ Quite.

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

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