Nick Cohen

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

Labour must understand that Unite is its enemy

18 May 2015 11:26

Imagine you are a Labour MP or a trade union official surveying Britain this week. The following points will strike…

Charlie Hebdo: The literary indulgence of murder

29 April 2015 15:59

I suppose it is asking too much of a writer called Francine Prose that she write prose anyone would want…

If universities censor, they can’t complain when the state censors them

21 April 2015 15:38

I spoke at a Guardian debate on free speech before an audience of students at King’s College London last night.…

How Labour can use Europe to stop the Tories

7 April 2015 13:53

One of the first tasks of a party in our time of fragmented politics is to stop their opponents making…

Jeremy Clarkson and the Political Correctness of the Right

27 March 2015 14:11

One of the many delusions of the Right is the myth of conservative robustness. Conservatives don’t play the victim card,…

Liberal Democrats reveal the great fissure in liberalism

16 March 2015 11:42

Someone once said (it may have been me) that while the left looks for traitors the right looks for converts.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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.…

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.…