Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #143

by Stephen Tall on November 16, 2009

Welcome to the 143rd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (8th – 14th November 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, partly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

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

1. Did Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock save us from 5 more years of Gordon Brown in 2007?
on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons blog.
Or, to put it another way, did Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock inflict us with five years of George Osborne in 2007?

2. The Bullingdon Club: Boris, Dave and Gideon, yes, but an aspiring Liberal MP and a former Party President, surely not!? on John Ault’s Alter Ego blog.
Step forward, Tim Beaumont and Ludo Kennedy.

3. So, what is going to happen in Cambridge, now that David Howarth is standing down? on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
It’s the question every ambitious Lib Dem on the approved candidates’ list is asking.

4. The contradictions of Mark Oaten on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Lord Bonkers’ confidante sagely observes: ‘I remain mystified by Mark Oaten, the trajectory of his career and what he hoped to achieve.’

5. Two Lib Dem by-election victories by Iain Roberts on Lib Dem Voice.
Consolation for those mourning our sixth place in Glasgow North East.

6. ‘John, it’s Mark Oaten on the phone saying someone’s been mucking about with his face!’- The Press Officer’s Guide Lesson 2 – Dealing with a Crisis on John Ault’s Alter Ego blog.
John Ault: most definitely a wag, not a WAG.

7. The Sun have gone too far publishing the call between the PM and Jacqui Janes on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons blog.
Murdoch’s rag in tasteless exploitation of grief-stricken mother shocker.

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. What #Trafigura can teach political parties and others on Rob Fenwick’s a Northuimbrian abroad blog.
“When Rob speaks the rest of us are well advised to listen.” (Submitted by stephenftall via LibDig).

9. Cameron’s Lisbon pledge is “grammar streaming” all over again on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
“Classic @jamesgraham rip-up of Cameron on Lisbon.” (Submitted by mpntod via LibDig).

10. Open Up Now? No, I really don’t think so… on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
“Mark gets his teeth in to the idea of open primaries – and not in a supportive way.” (Submitted by markpack via LibDig).

11. Manifesto Priorities – A Statement from the Social Liberal Forum Executive by the Social Liberal Forum.
“The SLF executive spell out what they feel should be prioritised in the Lib Dem Manifesto.” (Submitted by james.graham via LibDig).

12. Anonymous dedication to David Howarth on Liberal Vision’s blog.
“Liberal Vision publishes an anonymous tribute to David Howarth MP. The author manages to write what we all feel about David but are not quite able to express ourselves. Superb.” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig).

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

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