Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #149

by Stephen Tall on December 27, 2009

Welcome to the 149th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere – the last of this deacde – featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (20th – 26th December 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, usually 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. Greg Stone should have the candidacy removed if we are supposedly the party of equality on Jane Watkinson’s My Liberal Democrat Political Ramblings blog.
The Lib Dem candidate for Newcastle East is hauled over the coals for his pseudonymous blog comments.

2. New Liberal Democrat election poster revealed on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
“Their oath was PR! Their cry Please!”

3. Day 3281 (again): DOCTOR WHO: The End of Ten (Part One)
on Millennium Elephant’s Very Fluffy Diary blog.
Turns out there are some Doctor Who fans in the lib Dem blogosphere … Who knew?

4. Tories start the nasty campaigning on Christopher Lovell’s blog.
The Tory blogosphere begins its own decapitation strategy: can’t they learn from our mistakes?

5. Anna Werrin and John Morris on Alex Folkes’ A Lanson Boy blog.
A personal tribute to two distinguished Lib Dems.

6. Probably the best election address, ever by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.

There once was an MP named Skinner
Who thought he was onto a winner
His leaflets were written in verse
And can you imagine anything worse?
Alas, ’twas all a dog’s dinner.

7. Opinion on Nick’s second anniversary: Mark Thompson – The next few months the biggest test of Clegg’s career by Mark Thompson on Lib Dem Voice.
‘I expect we will all be much clearer on his strengths and weaknesses by the time his third year as leader is finished.’

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. Alas and alack, LibDig is down as I write, so this week’s choices are the next five most popular posts of the week, according to Aggregator click-throughs. 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. Fuck you, you did what they told you
on Adam Bell’s Decline of the Logos blog.
Rage against the Machine versus Joe McElderry … it’s about a lot more than just who’s Number One.

9. Official: Lib Dems the winners in 2009 local by-elections by Stephen Tall on Lib Dem Voice.
A net gain of 17 seats: not bad for a year’s work.

10. Party leaders to debate on television: Bad for the Lib Dems? on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
Do youo agree with Jonathan? Then don’t forget to vote in LDV’s new poll.

11. A Taste of Christmas (Don’t Worry, It’s With Real Pies) on Alex Wilcock’s Love and Liberty blog.
Getting all Christmassy, chez Alexandrichard.

12. Intern if you want to – The Case of the Missing Lord on John Ault’s Alter Ego blog.
Enjoying the noble tradition of bathing staff in mud.

And that’s it for another week, year, and (indeed) decade. Happy blogging in the Tens.

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