Conspiracy theories abound
Jonathan Freedland (3 November) rightly points out that conspiracy theories “only distract us from the real threats we face”. How well proven by Carole Cadwalladr on the same page, who attributes Trump’s election victory and Brexit to – what else? – a conspiracy.
More or less clandestine interventions to favour one side in these two contests did in all likelihood occur. However, considering them as the main factors in the outcome illustrates perfectly Freedland’s point. The elephant in the room is the rejection by vast segments of the electorate of anyone associated, rightly or wrongly, with the establishment, compared to which foreign interference is a small mouse indeed. But the Weekly keeps addressing in great detail the mouse, while neglecting the elephant. Giorgio Ranalli Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
• An article suggesting that Trump, Assange, Farage and Bannon are linked in a clandestine network was placed on the same page as one claiming that conspiracy theories are a dangerous diversion. Was this a comment on the first article? Stephanie Betz Kambah, ACT, Australia