I am a bit mystified, and to be honest, depressed, by quite how much the traffic to this site can be boosted by containing a few frankly sordid search terms. I am talking about this:
This is not the most popular blog by any means. But writing a really bogstandard post, that contained the words “Catherine Ashton” and “Jewish Conspiracy”, led to it busting its recent records by a long way. In a funny postmodern way, the post was written observing a similar phenomenon at another Liberal blog, Schneider Home.
Not because I write insightful or witty posts about, um, fiscal or monetary policy, heaven forfend. No, because a good quarter of the people arrived searching for some combination of:
Baronnes Ashton or Catherine Ashton
Jewish, Jew and Conspiracy.
Half of today’s readers are reading that bogstandard post (some just googled Catherine or Baronness Ashton. But most included the conspiracy stuff).
And I want to ask a simple question: why? Who are you people? What are you searching for? Do you have some sort of crazed theory? Does it link the Baronness to some sort of plot to take over Blighty from Brussels? Does it involve the Elders of Zion? Are you amongst that tribe of people who think that there is some connection between 9/11, the Moon Landings, the assassination of JFK, the Rapture, and the way Elvis is definitely not dead?
Or is there some sort of innocent explanation?
Will one of you do me a favour? Please, if you have arrived here after Googling* as above (I don’t want to keep writing it), then could you enter a comment below explaining it? Don’t be ashamed – you’re not alone . . .
*and I don’t want to investigate this by googling the same things. This adds momentum to Internet theories.