Nick Cohen

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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Press censorship has begun in Scotland

18 October 2016 17:16

The silencing of Stephen Daisley has nagged away at journalism in Scotland for months. His employer, STV, holds the ITV…


The Brexit charlatans are getting away with it

28 September 2016 18:00

Opponents of demagogues from Donald Trump to Nigel Farage have suffered from a huge political disadvantage. They were either politicians…


Goodbye Labour. For the life of me, I cannot see how you can recover

24 September 2016 13:48

Those of us on the left can all too easily imagine how our political rivals felt when watching Jeremy Corbyn’s latest…

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The Brexiteers will always blame everything but Brexit

13 September 2016 10:27

The worst men always find themselves in others. If they are instinctive liars, they accuse their opponents of lying. If…

Vlad the corrupter and the crisis on the left

2 September 2016 14:03

Julian Assange still has not found the courage to face the women who accuse him of sexual abuse. Rather than…


Why you shouldn’t vote for Jeremy Corbyn

24 August 2016 14:18

What follows is an appeal to Jeremy Corbyn supporters to think again. It’s from Chris, a Labour party member, who…

Will Putin target Latvia next?

18 August 2016 11:21

The Baltic states do not feel like a front line. I did not see a police officer in more than…

Must Corbyn win?

7 August 2016 12:56

Thoughtful writing about the Corbyn phenomenon is not just impossible to find, it is impossible to imagine. Admirers live in…

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The moral case against Jeremy Corbyn

20 July 2016 18:06

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are making much of Owen Smith’s work as a corporate lobbyist for Big Pharma before he entered…

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The frivolity of the Left

18 July 2016 12:53

I can tell you why hundreds of thousands think that ‘Jeremy’ – as they insist on calling him – must…


The martyrdom of St Andrea

11 July 2016 13:01

He may have died in the seventeenth century but in his Mysterie of Rhetoric Unvail’d  of 1657 John Smith showed…


Brexit was propelled by prejudice. Why deny it?

7 July 2016 14:03

There are two theories about racial prejudice. Most people talk as if there is a fixed block of people ‘the…

Brexit lies are opening up a terrifying new opportunity for the far-right in Britain

27 June 2016 14:54

The Tory leaders of Vote Leave, those supposedly civilised and intelligent men, are creating the conditions for a mass far-right…

Political Leaders Vote In The EU Referendum Result

Fascism is alive in Britain – on both the left and the right

23 June 2016 16:01

At the time of writing, no one knows the result of Britain’s European Union referendum. But everyone has learned in…

Vigils In Hong Kong After The Orlando Shooting

Homophobia is now met with the same silence given to anti-Semitism

13 June 2016 15:07

Rolling news does not give its participants the option of shutting their mouths and biting their tongues, even when shutting…

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Brexit: the triumph of the right

10 June 2016 16:34

The only arguments that matter in politics today are the arguments on the right. The only futures that are possible…

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Brexit could leave Britain with the worst of both worlds – like Norway

6 June 2016 12:27

This is a translation of an article I wrote for the Norwegian daily VG Never since the German attack on…

The left’s great illusion in praising Labour’s ‘moral clarity’ under Corbyn

31 May 2016 12:55

Danny Dorling is one of the warmest and most intelligent left wing intellectuals of our day; an egalitarian, who proposes…


The lies of meritocratic Britain

24 May 2016 12:06

In England after the Norman Conquest the worst insults you could throw were class insults. So long has feudal prejudice…

Jacob Rees-Mogg And Nigel Farage Speak Out Against The European Arrest Warrant

Brexit: the-stab-in-the-back myth is coming

17 May 2016 15:50

I don’t know if ‘Leave’ supporters will win. With the young abstaining and the old voting in a low-turnout referendum,…

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The English right’s Putinesque conspiracy theories

12 May 2016 18:08

The right, as well as the left, is home to the kind of flaming conspiracy nut who, in Bertie Wooster’s…

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The ‘Luxleaks’ whistleblowers trial should concern us all

26 April 2016 13:53

The trial of Antoine Deltour, Raphael Halet, and Edouard Perrin opens today in Luxembourg. Reporters should mob the courtroom. Camera…

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Boris Johnson’s attack on Barack Obama belongs in the gutter

22 April 2016 14:58

Boris Johnson is a former editor of this newspaper, and as such has the right to be treated with a…

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It’s a Eurosceptic fantasy that the ‘Anglosphere’ wants Brexit

12 April 2016 14:28

No one does as much damage to a country as patriots who affect to love it the most. If you…

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Are Boris’s admirers prepared to have their hearts broken?

29 March 2016 17:52

When I was 18, I had my first tutorial on Anglo-Saxon history. I cannot remember the details but the don…