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Scott Morrison’s free trade agreement with the UK is a win for the Nationals, but the return of coal-loving Barnaby presents a new challenge for the PM

On Monday morning, we saw one of those organic redirections that sometimes happen in politics. If the Nationals hadn’t lunged to take out their leader Michael McCormack, another story about Scott Morrison and an undeclared pilgrimage in Cornwall to engage with his convict ancestry would have dominated the day.

If you missed this story in the melee, a quick recap. On Monday, the London correspondent for Nine newspapers, Bevan Shields, reported that Morrison had last week embarked on an undeclared pilgrimage to St Keverne, a small village 45 minutes south of the G7 summit site in Cornwall, to explore his family’s convict past. This ancestry dot com sortie was undertaken minus the travelling press.

Related: The double standard Scott Morrison walks past (on his way to the pub in Cornwall) is the double standard he accepts | First Dog on the Moon

Related: Barnaby Joyce’s Nationals threatens to blow up any climate ambition, and it’s making life hard | Gabrielle Chan

Related: Net zero by 2050? Over our dead body, bolshie Nationals tell Scott Morrison | Katharine Murphy

Continue reading…Scott Morrison’s free trade agreement with the UK is a win for the Nationals, but the return of coal-loving Barnaby presents a new challenge for the PMOn Monday morning, we saw one of those organic redirections that sometimes happen in politics. If the Nationals hadn’t lunged to take out their leader Michael McCormack, another story about Scott Morrison and an undeclared pilgrimage in Cornwall to engage with his convict ancestry would have dominated the day.If you missed this story in the melee, a quick recap. On Monday, the London correspondent for Nine newspapers, Bevan Shields, reported that Morrison had last week embarked on an undeclared pilgrimage to St Keverne, a small village 45 minutes south of the G7 summit site in Cornwall, to explore his family’s convict past. This ancestry dot com sortie was undertaken minus the travelling press. Related: The double standard Scott Morrison walks past (on his way to the pub in Cornwall) is the double standard he accepts | First Dog on the Moon Related: Barnaby Joyce’s Nationals threatens to blow up any climate ambition, and it’s making life hard | Gabrielle Chan Related: Net zero by 2050? Over our dead body, bolshie Nationals tell Scott Morrison | Katharine Murphy Continue reading…