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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.

The House of Lords is beyond reproach, apparently. (ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/GettyImages)

When is corruption not corrupt? When the establishment says it isn’t

5 August 2013 17:54

Mr Justice Tugendhat delivered a ferocious verdict last week. Undercover reporters from the Sunday Times claimed they had found Peter Cruddas, co-Treasurer of the Conservative Party, offering influence in return… Continue reading

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The expansion of legislation prohibiting pornographic images gives more powers to police and prosecutors.

Can we trust the state to censor porn?

22 July 2013 13:31

The most sweeping censorship is always the most objectionable. In principle, however, there is nothing wrong with David Cameron’s sweeping proposal that the customers of internet service providers must prove… Continue reading

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Graffiti Sympathetic To NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Appears In San Francisco

Edward Snowden shouldn’t play the coward

24 June 2013 13:17

If you run, you look like a coward. It may be that you have good reason to be cowardly. It may be that anyone else in your position would run… Continue reading

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'Big Brother' watches over Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien) and Julia (Jan Sterling), during the filming of the 1955 adaptation of '1984'. Image: Getty

In defence of paranoid hysteria

22 June 2013 15:56

Compare a democracy to a dictatorship and world-weary chuckles follow. The last thing a citizen can do in true tyrannies is call them tyrannies. He or she has to pretend… Continue reading

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Julie Bailey with the Francis Report earlier in the year.

Julie Bailey: Enemy of the People

30 May 2013 10:49

They’re running Julie Bailey out of town. The poison pen letters, foul-mouthed phone calls, slashed tyres, shit through the letterbox, boycott of her cafe and attacks on her mother’s grave… Continue reading

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Writers in a state of fear

21 May 2013 11:51

A State of Fear, Joseph Clyde’s new thriller*, stands out for many reasons. Thrillers only work if they are thrilling, and Clyde’s description of the search for the terrorist who… Continue reading

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A picture taken after the wedding, in 1925, of John Maynard Keynes and the Russian ballet dancer M Lydia Lopokova.

More Niallism: Keynes opposed Versailles because he was a screaming queen

8 May 2013 11:57

When I heard that Niall Ferguson had said that JM Keynes advocated reckless economic policies because he was gay and childless, and hence had no concern for the future, I… Continue reading

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Simon Singh: Let us now praise a bloody-minded hero

25 April 2013 9:59

I don’t normally campaign. I’m not a joiner or a natural committee man. But the state of free speech in England pushed me into despair, and three years ago I… Continue reading

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The attempt to censor the broadcast of a song from The Wizard of Oz has brought Britain low. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin meets the Munchkins

16 April 2013 11:08

Late on Friday my editor at the Observer called and asked me to dash off a few words on what was wrong with the Mail and some Conservative MPs demanding… Continue reading

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Evidence-based politics: the case of the incredible shrinking Tory Party

9 April 2013 19:26

Here is something those who rely on political commentators will not have expected to see. The latest poll from TNS BMRB has the Tories down to just a quarter of… Continue reading

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Lutfur Rahman at a demonstration in Tower Hamlets Image: PA

Lutfur Rahman: Not a ‘bully’, just ‘sly’ and ‘unappetising’

8 April 2013 17:22

For the record, I did not accuse Rahman of being a ‘bully,’ as he tells Spectator readers. I accused the Mayor of Tower Hamlets of being ‘sly’ and ‘unappetising’. His… Continue reading

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Who knew that tweeting among friends could cause so much trouble?

Twitter: A playground for hysterics, prudes, fools and spies

4 April 2013 10:27

Another day, another story of the forces of order hounding an innocent citizen for making innocuous remarks on Twitter. This week’s target was Rob Marchant, a centrist Labour supporter, who… Continue reading

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Leveson: Don’t be frightened by the state

26 March 2013 13:12

If David Cameron had any sense, he would stand up in the Commons and say “I am withdrawing the Royal Charter. The law officers have assured me that Lord Justice… Continue reading

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Lord Leveson Publishes His Eagerly Awaited Report Into Press Standards

It’s not a press regulator, it’s a web regulator.

18 March 2013 20:31

Since the early 1990s, hundreds of millions of words have been produced about the Web. Enthusiasts have told us that it is the greatest communications revolution since Guttenberg invented movable… Continue reading

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The Sunday Times jails its source

11 March 2013 17:31

In a long piece in the last issue of the Sunday Times (£) Isabel Oakeshott, its political editor, wrote of her relationship with Vicky Pryce. She sobbed and sighed. She was… Continue reading

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Sexual abuse: Don’t toe the party line

25 February 2013 15:33

A scandal broke in the Socialist Workers Party a few weeks ago after a woman member claimed a Trotskyist tribune of the working class had taken time off from promoting… Continue reading

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A picture taken on December 7, 2012, shows  snow clad grave of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky with his portrait on the tomb. Picture: ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images

Arraigning a corpse

19 February 2013 17:45

Part 1 “Russian Justice” A judge at Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court stopped the trial of Sergei Magnitsky (above) yesterday – but not because the defendant was dead. Magnitsky’s demise was… Continue reading

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The Leather Case

16 February 2013 15:44

Last year I wrote an unpatriotic column for the Observer. I said that while American literary and journalistic frauds tended to be simple men, who lied and plagiarised to boast… Continue reading

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Lone voices against Terror

13 February 2013 20:19

I went to the Toynbee Hall, the meeting place for the radical East End, this week to listen to a debate many radicals would rather not hear. British Asian feminists… Continue reading

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Last call for Starbucks. Your flight is about to depart

27 January 2013 14:11

A friend of mine who has worked in the City all his life, and is by no means a leftist, can still explode with rage at the nom-doms and corporations, who… Continue reading

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David Cameron marries a Rothschild

25 January 2013 9:26

In the Jewish joke a matchmaker calls on a poor tailor living in a Tsarist shtetl in the middle of nowhere. He tells the old guy that he wants to… Continue reading

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Lynne Featherstone believes that women ought to be more like Christina Hendricks of 'Mad Men' fame. Image: Getty.

Can’t we even throw out Lynne Featherstone?

22 January 2013 11:49

I gave a talk to the Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party last night. If you don’t know the area, the constituency covers Highgate, Muswell Hill and Crouch End: leafy… Continue reading

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Robbie Savage in his playing days. Image: Getty

The BBC: ‘It’s professional to cheat’

20 January 2013 15:15

In this morning’s Observer I write about the collapse of the old notions of honour and fair play in sport, banking, politics, journalism, the law and much else. As I… Continue reading

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Matt Stone (l) and Trey Parker (r), the creators of Southpark, at a BAFTA gig in Los Angeles. Image: Getty

Scientologists trap us in the closet

12 January 2013 11:17

Whenever I give lectures on my book on censorship – Whaddya mean you haven’t read it? Buy it here at a recession-beating price – I discuss the great issues of… Continue reading

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Cameron and Osborne, architects of the coalition of the complacent. Image: Getty

A coalition of the complacent

7 January 2013 14:21

I don’t like to think that I am rich. In theory, I know that in comparison to the vast majority of the world’s population, I am. But perhaps because of… Continue reading

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