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Our age lacks gravitas. That’s why we cannot deal with crisis | Ian Jack

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The Brexit coverage has become entertainment – but a sense of formality would dignify the public’s apprehension What is a national crisis? Eighty years ago the social researchers Charles Madge and Tom Harrisson decided it was “one of those things, like epidemics and earthquakes, which suddenly arrive to threaten the security of ordinary lives. In the ordinary way, the interest of private people in public events is fitful and vague: at times of crisis it extends and increases.” As the founders of the
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