Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #171

by Stephen Tall on May 30, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 171st weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (23rd – 29th 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. Will David Laws go while Nadine Dorries stays? on Linda Jack’s Lindylooz Muze.
The answer to which is yes: a double tragedy.

2. Camden: The LibDem Fight-Back on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
Congratulations to Cllrs Jill Fraser, Matt Sanders and Rahel Bokth.

3. Has Cable been reduced to a flex, and is this government following in the footsteps of Churchill? on Paul Walter’s Liberal Burblings.
Looking to history to find a shared Liberal Conservative ideology.

4. The Rule of Laws: What kind of society do I want to live in? on Tom King’s The World Forgetting By The World Forgot.
‘That David Laws felt he could not reveal his sexuality is a damning indictment of our society.’

5. The LibDems’ 9 New Peers on Jonathan Fryer’s blog.
Your Who’s Who guide to our new Lord & Ladies.

6. Simon Hughes, the 1922 Committee and the Future of Lib Demmery
on Linda Jack’s Lindylooz Muze.
‘It seems to me that whatever happens in relation to the deputy elections, now would be the perfect time for our Lib Dem backbenchers to form their own ‘22 committee – 2010 committee? Frankly I think the future of our party depends on it’ – discuss …

7. David Laws should not resign on Mark Thompson’s Mark Reckons.
But unfortunately self-righteous judgementalism won the day.

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 .

8. Sexuality, sickening hypocrisy and CGT on Sara Bedford’s Always win when you’re singing.
“Absolutely brilliant article, saying what I think, about the issues surrounding David Laws’ situation.” (Submitted by caron via LibDig).

9. Question Time Alastair Campbell 1 Coalition 0 by dazmando on the Bracknell Blog.
“The coalition should have had a minister on the BBC Question Time panel last night. I also think Labour should have had a Shadow Minister on the panel to discuss the Queen’s Speech.” (Submitted by dazmando via LibDig).

10. David Laws – the sheer hypocrisy….
on Andrew Reeves’ Running Blog.
“…..of those Labour activists and mouth pieces on twitter and in the blogosphere for the turning on of the anti machine.” (Submitted by andrew.reeves via LibDig).

11. Money, sex and power on Lorna Spenceley’s blog.
“Lorna Spenceley Fisks the arguments of the Telegraph and David Laws’ critics. As she points out, ‘it’s a strange sort of ‘ripping off’ that results in the perpetrator claiming less money than he was entitled to claim quite legitimately and above board.’” (Submitted by Niklas Smith via LibDig).

12. David Laws’ resignation is a victory for David Cameron’s enemies on the Tory right
on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
‘It was a clear attempt by the Conservative diehards clustered around the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator to undermine the coalition by bringing down the person who has already emerged as one of its central figures.’

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

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