When it is all over; when the UK has voted and decided one way or the other on whether it wants to remain in the EU; when the trial of Thomas Mair is concluded; it is greatly to be hoped that a smart publisher persuades Ian Jack to tackle the subject of the EU referendum and associated events.

Jack of the Guardian is arguably Britain’s finest “man of letters,” and he’s certainly one of my favourite journalists. His writing on the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana, and the “Diana moment” of national madness, captured that strange period perfectly. It will take something similar to explain and encapsulate the strange events of the last few weeks, when enthusiasm and campaigning energy crossed into hysteria.