Victorian Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu may have launched double barrelled "Guilty Party"-style ads yesterday bemoaning the state's health system and ALP factional thuggery, but the fallout from the Brimbank scandal suggests John Brumby may be more than capable of capitulation without the added impetus of hostile advertising.

As Crikey noted last week in relation to Casey Council, local government is much more than just "rates, roads and rubbish". It also functions as a power base for state and federal Labor MPs pursuing factional influence in order to secure permanent state or federal preselection.