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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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…

Julie Bishop, the Australian foreign minister, has said that her country would not indulge the British right's fantasies (Photo: Getty)

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…

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Farewell, George Galloway

29 March 2016 11:15

It takes an achingly long time for the British to see a lickspittle of mass murderers for what he is.…

Student Boycott

The idea of a university as a free space rather than a safe space is vanishing

17 March 2016 17:00

I’ve always admired the liberal Muslims in the Quilliam Foundation. It is hard to take accusations of betrayal from your…


Eurosceptics are finally having to emerge from their safe space

8 March 2016 11:17

I accept it may take an effort to imagine Charles Moore dressed in a recyclable hemp skirt and organic cotton…

Jeremy Corbyn Visits The North East

Why Jeremy Corbyn is the ‘out’ campaign’s secret weapon

24 February 2016 14:29

Europe has opened up an unbridgeable chasm in the Conservative party. Labour remains, near as dammit, united. On the EU…

Boris Johnson: Everything about you is phoney

22 February 2016 12:45

Rather rashly, Boris Johnson published The Churchill factor: How one man made history last year. It was without historical merit,…


‘We told you so, you fools’: the Euston Manifesto 10 years on

18 February 2016 12:57

The Euston Manifesto appears a noble failure. It was clear in 2006 that the attempt to revive left-wing support for…

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Would Jeremy Corbyn prefer George Galloway to be Mayor of London?

10 February 2016 17:21

If a dirty mind is a perpetual feast, then a filthy mind is an open sewer. You see where the…

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…

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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…

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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…

mcdonnell book

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…

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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…