… That’s what one wry commenter at the Brisbane Times suggests the people of Queensland would get if Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman were to become LNP leader and Premier after next year’s election.
The usual round of LNP leadership speculation, based this time allegedly on private polling, and the party machine throwing its weight around (as was its wont before the Nationals took over the Queensland Liberal Party).
If there’s anything in the Campbell Newman push, I wonder whether his support is mostly coming from people who don’t actually live in Brisbane. After the various tunnel fiascos, various controversies about development, and massive rate rises for people living in apartments (among other things), I’m not at all sure that the “Can Do” brand isn’t a tad shopworn in the metropolis itself or that he’s a shoo in for re-election next year.
It is an interesting indicator, though, of how much the political climate in Queensland has altered post-disaster. With Anna Bligh resurgent, the LNP is reverting to its traditional role of cannabilising itself and thus tossing away a sure path to an elusive victory.
Update: Campbell Newman is taking the plunge into state politics. Apparently he thinks he can be opposition leader without a seat in parliament.
Update: New post.