Nick Cohen

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

The trouble with Rhodes’s enemies is that they are not anti-racist enough

29 January 2016 15:29

  When Cecil Rhodes was drawing up his will his final dream was of British world domination. He pledged funds…

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, outside Broadcasting House (Photo: AFP/Getty)

The BBC’s promises to change after Savile are as sincere as a prostitute’s smile

21 January 2016 17:17

It should be easy to admire the BBC’s handling of the Savile scandal. Two of its journalists, Liz MacKean and…

Why English writers accept being treated like dirt

17 January 2016 13:49

A few months ago, one of the organisers of the Oxford Literary Festival contacted me. Hi Nick I may be…

Pat McFadden

Labour’s tantrum over Pat McFadden’s ‘toddler terrorists’ question was very revealing

7 January 2016 12:53

Two points stand out from Pat McFadden’s career-killing question to David Cameron. ‘May I ask the prime minister to reject…

Margot Wallström. Image: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

31 December 2015 16:52

The Spectator‘s most read article of 2015 was Nick Cohen’s piece about Margot Wallström – the Swedish foreign minister who stood up…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 3

Why I’ve finally given up on the Left

30 December 2015 22:01

Nick Cohen’s cover piece in the Spectator on the demise of the Labour party – and of his own support…

Anti-austerity protesters gather outside Manchester Central during on the second day of the Conservative party conference on October 5, 2015 in Manchester, England.

If you are so rich, how come you are so left wing?

17 December 2015 15:16

A few days ago the Telegraph revealed that the leader of Momentum was – inevitably – the privately educated son…

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Inside the Corbyn crack-up

5 December 2015 16:25

Jeremy Corbyn is a rarity among politicians. All his enemies are on his own side. For the Tories, Ukip and…

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Corbyn has done enough damage to Labour. It’s time for him to step down

1 December 2015 18:29

Jeremy Corbyn is a rarity among politicians. All his enemies are on his own side. For the Tories, Ukip and…

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Far leftists do not laugh about Mao to mock communism. They laugh to forget communism

26 November 2015 11:51

Nothing about the crisis in the Labour party makes sense until you find the honesty to admit that far leftists…


C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas le journalisme

23 November 2015 14:16

Andrew Neil is the best political interviewer in Britain. I am not just saying that because he is so high…

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Nobody will ever forgive the right if they destroy the BBC

18 November 2015 12:49

Nowhere does the right show its isolation from its own country more vividly than when it demands the destruction of the…

George Osborne: a man who combines all the vices of the left and right and none of the virtues of either (Photo: Getty)

George Osborne and the death of Tory idealism

11 November 2015 8:13

The kindest way to treat your enemies is to hate them. Hate them and you don’t understand them or their…


The left is no longer a happy family

2 November 2015 17:13

The far left controls the Labour leadership because the centre left did not take it seriously until it was too…

State Visit Of The President Of The People's Republic Of China - Day 2

Cameron tells Tories they no longer have to follow international law

21 October 2015 17:30

People go on about the awful pressure of 24/7 media on our leaders, and how hard the constant scrutiny must…

Conservatives, Labour And Lib Dems Agree A Deal On Press Reform

Lord Leveson’s legacy could be the death of investigative journalism

15 October 2015 14:24

Later this year, or more probably in the spring of 2016, the following scene may play out on the steps…

Brett Bailey's Exhibit B

How to defend the arts using liberal values

1 October 2015 11:32

This is a version of a speech I made to the No Boundaries conference at the Bristol Watershed Theatre on…

Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North and candidate in the Labour Party leadership election, speaks to supporters outside Great St Mary's church on September 6, 2015 in Cambridge, England.

Looking good by doing nothing: Corbyn and the slackactivist left

21 September 2015 12:18

The Save Darfur page on Facebook was one of the most heart-warming successes of the early years of social media.…

Battle Of Britain 75th Anniversary St Paul's Cathedral Service

When will Labour move against Corbyn?

16 September 2015 17:32

The Labour party must dig deep into roots if it is to survive. The Blairites cannot do it, they are…

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Labour’s centrists have held up the white flag of surrender

2 September 2015 13:46

Smart political operators are often the stupidest people. In conventional Westminster terms, it was smart of Labour’s Chuka Umunna to…

Jeremy Corbyn is pictured as he arrives to address a speech in west London, on August 17, 2015.

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: one of them must go

18 August 2015 17:24

I suppose I’d insult Jeremy Corbyn if I compared him to an American. Jews (sorry ‘Zionists’) and Ukrainians rank high…

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Amnesty International has pimped itself out

12 August 2015 8:36

There is no argument fiercer in feminism than the argument about prostitution. Say you want to ban it and the…


The discreet charm of the Labour bourgeoisie

3 August 2015 17:17

In the early 1960s a satirical combo called the Chad Mitchell Trio sang of the anti-communist paranoia of the John Birch…


Tim Farron is a reminder of what it actually means to be liberal

20 July 2015 13:30

The media complain about ‘career politicians’. Yet when politicians come along who aren’t Oxford PPEists, who have progressed via think…

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Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader…