Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #187

by Stephen Tall on September 19, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 187th 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 (12th – 18th September, 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. Party Presidency – there’s a familiar look to some of these faces…
on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy.
The @honladymark with his take on the emerging four candidates.

2. David Steel, Paddy Ashdown and mingling on Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England.
Nick should ape Paddy, and chat to conference delegates in the bar.

3. Careful what you write, it may end up in court on Mark Pack’s blog.
Writers of election literature: take note.

4. Woolas Demands Police Protection on Nick Thornsby’s blog.
“Apparently, Phil Woolas has requested extra police protection for his Election Court trial,” says the Lib Dem blogosphere’s court reporter.

5. Party President nominations – breaking news… on Mark Valladares’ Liberal Bureaucracy.
Nominate early by all means; but nominate only once. (Applies only to conference reps.)

6. Covering the Woolas-Watkins Court Case on Nick Thornsby’s blog.
The winner of the Best New Blog of the Year award gives the background to the Oldham East & Saddleworth affair.

7. Follow the Phil Woolas Election Court at Nick Thornsby’s blog on Carol Lindsay’s Musings blog.
And it seems you all are.

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are normally 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. But for this week, I’m going to highlight blog-posts from the winners of the Blog of the Year awards. 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. Day 3545: I Like To Ride My Economic Cycle on Millennium Dome, Elephant’s Very Fluffy Diary.
A post that demonstrates exactly why Richard Flowers was such a worthy winner of this Golden BOTY.

9. Straight Marriage Threatens Marriage on Andrew Hickey’s blog.
“… imagine the uproar were the vote to be removed from, say, poor people, or people on the dole. That uproar would be because voting is considered a right, which applies to everyone.”

10. Rally for Reform
on Alex Folkes’ A Lanson Boy.
“The media might just have to get used to the fact that we are relaxed and happy to be in government.” (Living in hope, rather than expectation, I suspect.)

11. The Sound of Silence on Charlotte Gore’s blog.
A ‘right-wing’ take on the Coalition: “It feels… like…. hmm… freedom.”

12. They also feed beefburgers to swans on Nick Barlow’s What you can get away with.
Click on it: contains Chris Morris.

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

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