Message from her Royal Highness, Elizabeth II

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour,’ ‘favour,’ ‘labour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix ‘-ize’ will be replaced by the suffix ‘-ise.’ Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up ‘vocabulary’).

2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ”like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter ‘u” and the elimination of ‘-ize.’

3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can’t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you’re not ready to shoot grouse.

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth – see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one’s ears removed with a cheese grater.

11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

[An oldie but a goodie via Chuckles and Bits and Pieces]

10 Responses to “Message from her Royal Highness, Elizabeth II”

  1. Amfortas December 2, 2012 at 06:19 Permalink

    As you were.

    North Dakota is in as the UK has run out of oil and my mate Josh is busy pumping gallons of the stuff out of his N.Dak back yard. And he can keep his armoury.

  2. JD December 2, 2012 at 08:35 Permalink

    you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables.

    ignoring French Decimal ‘measurements’ is one of the few things Americans have got right, otherwise everything on the list is a necessary change.
    They could also apologise for making such a mess of self governance :)

  3. haiku December 2, 2012 at 08:40 Permalink

    “An oldie but a goodie” slightly edited to benefit South Africa … 8)

  4. Michael Caine December 2, 2012 at 08:49 Permalink

    Of course the World Series is so named because the first competitions were sponsored by ‘The World’ newspaper. Not a lot of people know that.

  5. Michael Caine December 2, 2012 at 08:51 Permalink

    P.S. I agree, baseball should be banned. It is a silly game.

  6. james wilson December 2, 2012 at 18:06 Permalink

    Baseball is not in competition for being the worlds silliest game as long as cricket exists.

    I find it curious that the British civil service could run Hong Kong so much better than it could manage Briton. Perhaps the Lee family could be persuaded to run the US from Singapore. http://foseti.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/review-of-from-third-world-to-first-by-lee-kuan-yew/

  7. banned December 2, 2012 at 22:41 Permalink

    “12. Further, you will stop playing baseball.”
    That is surely a little harsh since we introduced it as ’rounders’ albeit for infants and girls while proper boys went on to football, rugby and cricket.

  8. James Higham December 3, 2012 at 05:50 Permalink

    Surprising it didn’t cause a new war. Then again, our armed forces are being savagely mutilated and couldn’t defend their grandmothers and Obama’s busy doing the same to his land, replacing them with drones.

  9. haiku December 3, 2012 at 07:37 Permalink

    Grown men playing rounders in plus-fours – who would have thought … :)

  10. James Higham December 3, 2012 at 11:21 Permalink

    Etc. yada yada. One big happy family?

    I’ll get my coat.

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