“The perfect is the enemy of the good”. Really? This advice, first printed in 1772, may have some value for, say, me when purchasing brassieres -- to the reader unfamiliar with this item: it is never perfect, and rarely even good. Still, the instruction is useful: appreciate what you have. To wait for the perfect garment, one that offers comfort and/or improved silhouette, would be to reject all support. And bra-lessness, I have found, is the enemy of decent speech.

This is also lately true for politicians. If they’re not plagiarising speech or taking it to down to the shithole, they’re shoplifting it from old French poems. They love this line, which, although written by Voltaire, had nothing to do with liberal achievement.