Editor's note

Even before Boris Johnson became UK prime minister in July, Brexit was a mess. But since he took the top job, it has only become more so. And as Ben Wellings writes, today is shaping up as the most important day so far as Johnson is expected again to try to force a general election from a parliament that has him in a headlock.

Over the weekend, work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd resigned from Johnson’s cabinet in the latest blow to his attempts to make Brexit happen. But to break the parliamentary impasse over a no-deal divorce, an election will have to be called, and soon.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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In Boris Johnson’s short time as prime minister, the Brexit mess has become only messier. AAP/EPA/Will Oliver

A dog’s Brexit: Johnson’s missteps about to send weary voters to another election as the EU divorce gets ugly

Ben Wellings, Monash University

As Boris Johnson's tactics cause deep rifts within the Conservative Party, the UK faces a Brexit of radical conservatism - and plenty of risks.

Robert Mugabe during his swearing-in ceremony in Harare, 2008. The former Zimbabwean president has died aged 95. EPA-EFE

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Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand

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Labor’s so-called Rental Affordability Scheme did little to make those who most needed it, but it helped landlords. Shutterstock

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Abas Mirzaei, Macquarie University

The "woke" concept peaked on the back of the Black Lives Matter movement, then became a marketing trend. Now being woke is tricky territory.

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