From the print edition, my column about an Australian politician and the Canadian politicians who are keeping an eye on him. A few times this week in social settings I was asked how we pick topics for my column. It’s usually the result of a chat between myself and Editor Mark Stevenson, and sometimes the question we bat around is whether we want me in the middle of one of the week’s big debates, or off on the sidelines somewhere looking at something that’s getting less saturation coverage. The answer changes based on my mood, the editors’, and the mix in the rest of the magazine. This is one of those “sidelines” pieces.