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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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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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Chris Grayling and Theresa May are unlikely to row over cats and human rights at this year's Conservative party conference. Picture: Getty.

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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Michael Gove and his former advisor Dominic Cummings. Photo: Getty.

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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What passing-bells for politicians who die as cattle?

31 October 2014 11:29

Over the top: British soldiers in the trenches (Image: Getty) The allies did not sweep into Germany in 1918, winning the First World War with the glory and élan of… Continue reading

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Britain is a world leader in exporting creeps

19 October 2014 16:57

The British recruits who have joined Isis are not exceptions. They flourish in a culture in which it is so commonplace to offer support to authoritarian regimes and movements that… Continue reading

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Why hasn’t Labour sacked Ed Miliband?

14 October 2014 14:01

If a bus driver were heading towards the edge of a cliff, the passengers would try to seize control of the wheel in all cases except one. Members of the… Continue reading

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The left cannot be an anti-English movement.

19 September 2014 16:48

  During the referendum campaign nothing astonished me and Labour campaigners more than left wing English intellectuals embracing Scottish nationalism. It was not that they did not have the right… Continue reading

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Scottish nationalism: turning neighbours into foreigners

16 September 2014 12:59

Nationalists build walls to keep their people in and the rest out. They create ‘us’ and ‘them’. Friends and enemies. If you disagree, if you say they have no right… Continue reading

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Erm what about the English?

9 September 2014 10:12

One way or another, English nationalism, a beast the union kept in its cage, will prowl the land after the Scottish vote. If the Scots leave, of course, then nothing… Continue reading

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Super-rich children take private jets to college

6 September 2014 15:55

When Thomas Piketty published his Capital in the 21 Century, the Financial Times tried to dismiss his research as bogus. Its more conventional thinkers hated his argument that the children… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitic double standards: the arts and the Jews

6 August 2014 15:35

‘Would you force anyone else to behave like this?’ the promoters of the UK Jewish Film Festival asked the artistic director of London’s Tricycle Theatre. Indhu Rubasingham and her colleagues… Continue reading

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Celebrating diversity means imposing misogyny

22 July 2014 13:55

People talk about their commitment to equality and diversity so readily they must assume there is no conflict between the two. The phrase falls off the tongue as if it… Continue reading

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Lady Butler-Sloss should not lead the child abuse inquiry

10 July 2014 12:56

Last week, Nick Cohen suggested that Lady Butler-Sloss was not the correct person to lead the child abuse enquiry. She has now resigned from her role.  The Guardian says today… Continue reading

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The conservative case against Iain Duncan Smith

30 June 2014 18:04

Labour held a debate on Iain Duncan Smith’s stewardship of the welfare state today. Tory MPs backed their man, as did the Conservative journalists, who have told their readers that… Continue reading

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