Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #168

by Stephen Tall on May 9, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 168th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (2nd – 8th May, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally 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. Cameron offers … er, not very much really by Mark Pack on Lib Dem Voice.
But will he up his offer to secure Lib Dem support?

2. What are grass roots Liberal Democrats thinking? on Mark Pack’s blog.
Probably: “I wish we weren’t starting from here.”

3. What should the party do next? Have your say by 2pm on Saturday by Mark Pack (it’s that man again) on Lib Dem Voice.
Though hopefully that wasn’t your last chance …

4. If LibDems support the Tories, it will top of a very demoralising election on Jane Watkinson’s My Liberal Democrat Political Ramblings …
“We need to think again, or I am afraid, Clegg will see many of his supporters feeling rightly cheated” – Jane raises her concerns about any idea of coalition.

5. Daily Mail says: vote Lib Dem in Hampstead & Kilburn on Mark Pack’s blog.
Alas, someitmes it seems not enough people read the Daily Mail.

6. Why are the BBC & ITV ignoring this story? on Nich Starling’s Norfolk Blogger.
The mysterious disappearance of Philippa Stroud from the news headlines.

7. My predictions for total seats in the next parliament using the “follow the money” betting method on Brent A. Martin’s The Daily Zeitgeist.
Ahh, if only it had worked out that way.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are chosen using the LibDig bookmarking website for party members, the site where you can highlight blog-posts you want to share with your fellow Lib Dems. Remember, though, you’re still more than welcome to nominate for the Golden Dozen 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. EXPOSED: The Tories’ secret plan to prevent hung parliaments on James Graham’s Quaequam Blog!
‘The Tory rhetoric over the past couple of weeks makes it clear that they will do everything in their power to prevent hung parliaments and having to share power with anyone.’ True, but it’s tough how things work out sometimes, isn’t it.

9. Pick and Mix which 3 policies from other parties would you choose
by dazmando on the Bracknell Blog.
‘Which policy would you pick from two main parties you don’t support and one policy from a smaller party?’ (Submitted via LibDig).

10. Nobody won the Election. Actually, it was almost Nobody who won the election. on Andreas Christodoulou’s blog.
‘So, three days after the General election, what happened? How can David Cameron keep a straight face when he says he has “won” the election, when 76% of people eligable to vote for him did not do so? What happens now, and where does that leave the case for electoral reform?’ (Submitted via LibDig).

11. The Liberal Democrats should accept David Cameron’s offer in some form on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England blog.
“All of which leads me to the view that some sort of arrangement with the Conservatives is the only possible position for the Liberal Democrats in the new Commons.”

12. No agreement is the likely and sensible outcome on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
“So, unless Cameron commits to a referendum on a truly proportional voting system it’s no deal. I very much doubt he will commit to that, without his party imploding, so it’s no deal.”

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading ‘n’ debating.

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