|CHAPTER 571 The Brit aLords got so above it all that they completely stopped trying to run the country,
2 bAnd let the commoners do it instead,
3 cWhich left more time for wearing nice clothes and being well bred.
4 The commoners had a lot of great new ideas about how the Brits could get even more above it all.
5 dFor example, they thought up the idea of destroying the Brit economy by making everybody stop working and go on the dole instead,
6 eWhich worked great,
7 And gave all the Brit intellectuals something to do with their spare time,
8 fNow that they didn't have an empire to worry about anymore.
9 gInstead, they had a lot of fun trying to explain why the nation that had invented capitalism couldn't remember how to make things anymore,
10 Including cars,
11 And airplanes,
12 And refrigerators,
13 Or anything else,
14 hExcept clothes, of course.
CHAPTER 581 But in spite of all their problems, the Brits were still interested in culture,
2 And even though they had given up writing lots of great literature,
||3 Because it was too hard to do,
4 They still wanted to keep their hand in,
5 So they tried American culture instead,
6 And discovered that irock-and-roll was just the thing,
7 Because it was so easy to do,
8 jAnd a great way to show the Yanks all the neat new things they had learned about being above it all.
CHAPTER 591 And now the Brits have been above it all for years,
2 kAnd they like it,
3 Because it's a brand-new kind of misery to be poor and inept and unemployed,
4 lAnd when you're the nation that invented misery in the first place,
5 mIt's pretty wonderful to find a new type of misery at this late date.
6 And so, the chances are that the Brits will go on being above it all,
7 nUntil the world comes to an end,
8 Because it's the only way to go,
9 When you have a terrible climate,
10 oA tired, mongrel race,
11 A ruined economy,
12 A bloody, bloody past,
13 pAnd no more world to rule.