I suppose I found it interesting because from the 'real' British people I've known - mostly you weirdos who might be reading this - I just haven't seen the level of pessimism they described. Is it an age thing? Do you see this in your parents? Do you see it in yourselves and just hide it well? Curious, sleep deprived minds want to know.
In other news... ummm... Altoids Raspberry Sours are really excellent.