This shows the total number of votes recieved by the Liberal National Party and the Labour Party in the Queensland state election, in which Labour was almost totally wiped out. As you can see, there wasn’t any swing to the right – the LNP vote was almost exactly the same as it was in 2009 when they lost to Bligh’s Labour Party. What happened is that Labour’s support collapsed by almost 50%, after Bligh pressed ahead with a policy of asset sales.
It’s not hard to see something like this happening to Len Brown next year. If you ‘move to the center’ – as most left-wing politicians from the Blair/Clinton era are want to do – you really have to take your base with you.