With the latest moves on Brexit in the House of Commons, absurdity and governance have fused completely.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has had her planned Brexit deal thoroughly demolished in the House of Commons.
Good morning, early birds. The Coalition is dealing with the aftermath of Saturday's Victorian election loss, European leaders sign off on Brexit "tragedy", and South Australia prepares ahead of a prison smoking ban. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Negotiating the Brexit deal has taken the Conservative Party to full and open revolt.
Le Pen is probably not going to win the presidential election, but that does not mean it is smooth sailing for France's future relationship with the EU.
Like many other signs this year, particularly last month's US election, these twin events warn of a rising tide of xenophobic right-wing populism.