I’ve noticed some journalism recently that owes a debt to the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Random links are assembled Watergate-style, and it’s often pretty believable … until you get to a subject you know a bit about. Carole Cadwalladr of the Observer has been joining the dots and last weekend published a lengthy piece under the headline “Who is the real Nigel Farage … and why won’t he answer my questions?” The piece describes her exhaustive attempts to ask the former leader of UKIP awkward questions, including following him all the way to Australia. Reading it made me wonder why the question was needed in the headline, because the reason seems pretty obvious to me. He doesn’t want to because she’s mean to him. The Observer labels Farage “Mr Brexit”, which we can assume is not meant to be a compliment, but what’s really being suggested is he’s Mr Kremlin, or one of them, because there’s loads of them. Cadwalladr came to prominence for her work outing the alleged nefarious…

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