Tom Nairn

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The French phrase l’esprit de l’escalier signifies the moment at the bottom of the staircase when you think of what you should have said as you were leaving. The Brexiteers have not yet decided what they should have said in June 2016. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Knowing how to make a grand entrance is all very well but, as the Brexit saga reminds us, the ability to make a dignified exit is even more important.(...)

Alex Salmond, who hosted the Edinburgh conference addressed by Tom Nairn

In the film Miss Congeniality Sandra Bullock stars as an undercover FBI agent at a Miss America beauty pageant. When contestants are asked: “What is t(...)