Nick Cohen

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

Aerial Views Show The Extent Of The Flooding On The Somerset Levels

Taxpayers fund farmers to wreck their landscape and flood their homes

18 February 2014 12:04

Go to Google Maps and type in Lechlade – the Cotswold town at the start of the navigable Thames. Instead…

Why are Rupert Murdoch's men after Andrew Mitchell? (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Why are Rupert Murdoch’s men damning Andrew Mitchell?

13 February 2014 12:56

If you want to picture Rupert Murdoch imagine an old man on a tight rope. On the one hand, his…

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How to kill a columnist

21 January 2014 18:48

The typical plot of a Sophie Hannah thriller sounds ridiculous when you condense it. A man yearns for a family.…

Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

The Tories’ hunger games

16 January 2014 11:59

Last night I went to hear Chris Mould of the Trussell Trust speak at my local church. The scene appeared…

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Meeting the Nazi parents – my political book of 2013

31 December 2013 9:25

Utopia or Auschwitz: Germany’s 1968 Generation and the Holocaust By Hans Kundnani The best political book I read in 2013…

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The Mumsnet racketeers

23 December 2013 14:59

The other day Mumsnet asked whether I would talk to its audience about my Spectator pieces (here and here) on the universities’…

What would Rosa Parks have made of this shameful hypocrisy over segregation?

The segregation of women and the appeasement of bigotry at Britain’s universities (part two)

11 December 2013 13:04

On the Today programme this morning Justin Webb covered the decision by Universities UK to allow fundamentalist speakers to segregate…

Montgomery, Alabama Remembers Rosa Parks

The segregation of women and the appeasement of bigotry

3 December 2013 13:31

For over a week now, astonished reaction has been building to the decision of Universities UK to recommend the segregation…

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Cultists & communists – too close to us for comfort

25 November 2013 19:51

Like the whiff of a mouldy madeleine, the statement by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of England (Marxist-Leninist)…

Geert Wilders upholds freedom of speech but attacks religious freedom. Where's the sense in that?

The Right’s attitude to radical Islam is as bad as the Left’s

20 November 2013 13:01

Whenever a heresy-hunting left-winger fixes me with an accusatory glare and demands to know how can I talk to ‘someone…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

British journalists lock each other up and throw away the key

28 October 2013 21:23

In the past few days, my colleagues on the Guardian have been publishing stories of national and international significance –…

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Norman Geras: Rest in peace, comrade

18 October 2013 9:19

I was shocked this morning to log on to Twitter and learn that Norman Geras had died. I can think…

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Press Freedom: The state goes for everyone (and you have no right to be surprised)

17 October 2013 11:26

Britain’s journalists ought to be asking themselves an unfamiliar question: what is the point of my life? If they have…

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Who is the greater hypocrite: Mehdi Hasan or the British left?

5 October 2013 10:32

As displays of duplicity go, Mehdi Hasan’s performance on the BBC discussion show Question Time seemed hard to beat. Hasan…

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Righteous indifference and how to fight it.

29 September 2013 22:59

Last week I wrote in the Observer about Qatar’s treatment of the hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers, who will…

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Where Red Ed goes, the Tories will follow

25 September 2013 12:29

That wrenching sound you can hear is the noise of the Tory columnists slamming their gears into reverse. Until yesterday,…

The radical left has long gloried the despots of China and Iran. It has little besides anti-Americanism. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)

Extremists and the mainstream: the case of Comrade Newman

17 September 2013 13:08

The Chippenham Labour Party has decided that its candidate to contest the 2015 general election will be one Andy Newman.…

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Richard Dawkins and me: A reply to my many critics

26 August 2013 20:34

In the Spectator last week, I described how Richard Dawkins had become a space-filler for empty-headed pundits with no idea…

Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda.

David Miranda’s arrest proves how sinister the state has become

19 August 2013 10:39

Always remember mornings like these, the next time police officers and politicians demand more powers to protect us from terrorism. They…

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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…

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…

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…

'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…

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,…

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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,…