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Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer and author of What’s Left and You Can’t Read This Book.

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Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

6 July 2015 14:59

Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between Left and Right on what the European Union is. Most… Continue reading

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Isil stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Does David Cameron not realise this?

2 July 2015 18:09

It is very easy to make David Cameron and the Scottish National Party look ridiculous. But as every soldier and journalist knows, just because a target is easy doesn’t mean… Continue reading

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Cameron has created a socialist utopia for pensioners

22 June 2015 12:33

On the radio this morning, a campaigner from the Child Poverty Action Group had an ‘emperor’s new clothes’ moment. Why not, she said, treat the young like the old. If… Continue reading

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It has to be Liz Kendall, doesn’t it?

18 June 2015 16:44

The most revealing moment in the Labour debate last night came when a questioner asked ‘what qualities do you share with Nicola Sturgeon that could make you as successful as… Continue reading

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The Olympic movement follows Fifa into the gutter

9 June 2015 18:39

No line has been repeated more often during the Fifa scandal than the instruction that football should follow the example of the International Olympic Committee. In 1998, the received wisdom… Continue reading

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Labour must understand that Unite is its enemy

18 May 2015 11:26

Imagine you are a Labour MP or a trade union official surveying Britain this week. The following points will strike you: Labour has just lost an election it could have… Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo: The literary indulgence of murder

29 April 2015 15:59

I suppose it is asking too much of a writer called Francine Prose that she write prose anyone would want to read. But on the principle you can only track… Continue reading

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Britain's hypocritical universities are naked before their enemies

21 April 2015 15:38

I spoke at a Guardian debate on free speech before an audience of students at King’s College London last night. I’ve argued with racists and Putinists in my time and… Continue reading

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How Labour can use Europe to stop the Tories

7 April 2015 13:53

One of the first tasks of a party in our time of fragmented politics is to stop their opponents making alliances. As things stand, the Tories can form a coalition… Continue reading

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Jeremy Clarkson and the Political Correctness of the Right

27 March 2015 14:11

One of the many delusions of the Right is the myth of conservative robustness. Conservatives don’t play the victim card, they say. They tell it like it is, and don’t… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats reveal the great fissure in liberalism

16 March 2015 11:42

Someone once said (it may have been me) that while the left looks for traitors the right looks for converts. Only in Britain’s centre ground, however, are converts treated as… Continue reading

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Why the apologists for the Islamist far right must make Jihadi John a victim

27 February 2015 13:07

Islamic State allows its adherents to be both cultists and psychopaths: an L. Ron Hubbard and a Fred West rolled into one. The reasons why young men want to travel… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s one law for the rich shows he doesn’t understand the British

14 February 2015 16:34

The great historian of the Soviet Union Robert Conquest’s Third Law of Politics reads: ‘The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it… Continue reading

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Do these grotesque pictures show that Putin wants Europe as his prisoner?

7 February 2015 15:24

Speaking this weekend, Francois Hollande said, ‘If we don’t find a lasting peace agreement, we know perfectly well what the scenario will be. It has a name, it’s called war.’… Continue reading

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Political correctness: How censorship defeats itself

28 January 2015 13:20

A cretin writing in this morning’s Telegraph doesn’t understand the meaning of ‘cretin’. Just about every writer writing about Benedict Cumberbatch in every paper yesterday failed to understand that Cumberbatch was… Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo: Murdoch’s Sky News bows to the demands of murderers

15 January 2015 11:37

Caroline Fourest is a French journalist and feminist. Unlike so many of her Anglo-Saxon sisters she does not think freedom is only for white women, and is ready to condemn the… Continue reading

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The BBC: Blaming the Jews for attacks on Jews

12 January 2015 11:08

Heaven forbid that such an atrocity should happen, but suppose white racists attacked a mosque today, murdering four people. Crowds gather to show solidarity with the dead. They profess support… Continue reading

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The "Je suis Charlie" rally in Trafalgar Square this evening. Photo: Sebastian Payne/The Spectator.

Charlie Hebdo: the truths that ought to be self-evident but still aren’t

7 January 2015 21:50

Religious murderers gunned down European freedom in Paris today. Tonight everyone is defiant. I am just back from a ‘Je suis Charlie’ vigil in Trafalgar Square, and the solidarity was… Continue reading

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George Clooney understands the new age of censorship better than giggling journalists

22 December 2014 13:09

It says much about the dismal state of journalism that George Clooney, who is paid to act, has a far better grasp of modern threats to freedom of speech, than… Continue reading

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The last days of the Cameron administration part 2: Failing Grayling

12 December 2014 15:18

Of all the reasons to wish this government gone, Chris Grayling is the largest. He is shutting poor and much of the working and lower-middle class out of the justice… Continue reading

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The last days of the Cameron administration: Part 1 The Gove Delusion

8 December 2014 17:06

Faintly stunned Liberal Democrats report that Michael Gove is an absentee chief whip. He is simultaneously there at the coalition whips’ meetings but not there: a ghostly presence; a bored,… Continue reading

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A Putinesque world of cronyism and fear: life in BBC News

30 November 2014 16:21

I’ve a piece in the current issue of Standpoint  on the disastrous rule of James Harding as the BBC’s Head of News. He was a former editor of the Times,… Continue reading

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By caving in to religious misogyny, ‘anti-racist’ liberals reveal their inner racist

24 November 2014 17:46

Even by the low standards of English lawyers, the men and women who run the Law Society have behaved like shameless hypocrites. Instead of confining themselves to offering professional advice,… Continue reading

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Ukip’s puppet David Cameron cuts a pathetic figure

12 November 2014 12:24

Well this is a pleasant surprise. After all the years of indifference, David Cameron has condescended to notice us. Not just notice us but want us too. His come-hither smiles… Continue reading

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Solidarity for the Kurds from – er – the British left. This is is not a misprint

1 November 2014 14:22

In these mean times a glimmer of light can pass for a dawn. Here is one heartening ray. On the international day of solidarity in defence of the Syrian Kurds,… Continue reading

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