Nick Cohen

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


Beware the ferret-faced heresy hunters

15 May 2012 10:51

I fell in with bad company while I was on a story in Oslo last week: American conservative journalists. I…


‘It’s the newspapers I can’t stand’

30 April 2012 13:47

In Tom Stoppard’s Night and Day, Milne, an idealistic journalist, describes the limitations of newspapers, and then gives the best…


Rupert Murdoch and the revival of the Labour Party

25 April 2012 16:36

Last year I wrote that the Leveson inquiry would suit Jeremy Hunt rather well. He had appointed Lord Justice Leveson,…


Gunter Grass: the tin drum and the tin ear

9 April 2012 13:47

This morning’s editorial in Israel’s left-wing Haaretz newspapernoted a double standard that was also a bad joke. Israel’s Interior Minister’s…


The tweet police

27 March 2012 12:32

Writing with the optimism of a high-Victorian liberal, John Stuart Mill said that the only legitimate restriction on freedom of…


Will Osborne close the ‘Livingstone Loophole’?

20 March 2012 10:33

When I spoke to the tax justice campaigner Richard Murphy about Ken Livingstone’s tax avoidance, he said that the practice…


The spectre of militant secularism

19 March 2012 12:06

At the weekend, I was honoured to award the Secularist of the Year prize to Peter Tatchell on behalf of…

Can we talk about this?

13 March 2012 15:00

Can actors at the National Theatre quote Christopher Hitchens’ destruction of Shirley Williams for her failure to defend freedom of…


Should Christians kill Mark Thompson?

27 February 2012 21:06

I’d rather they didn’t. But perhaps a campaign of clerical terror would make the BBC ‘respect’ Christianity. According to the…


The brass neck of Julian Assange

21 February 2012 17:09

On 1 March, the Old Vic theatre in London is hosting the première of Europe’s Last Dictator — a film…


Attack of the Militant Secularists

18 February 2012 15:40

If you want to hear a BBC discussion going hopelessly wrong, listen to the ‘debate’ between the Bishop of Lichfield,…


We are all journalists now

13 February 2012 17:46

As the cops round up journalists, Trevor Kavanagh’s protest in the Sun has aroused amazement and some scorn. ‘Witch-hunt has…


Whatever happened to Human Rights?

12 February 2012 10:29

Human rights campaigners need to follow a self-denying ordinance if they are not to become enemies of the values they…


Ed Miliband: Britain’s Greatest Leader of the Opposition

30 January 2012 12:46

Ed Miliband is a geek, a failure and a loser. All the press says so, so it must be true.…


An Advertisement for Myself

28 January 2012 17:26

My You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom is out this week. As the title says,…


How freedom goes

22 January 2012 20:31

Joan Smith has a piece in the Independent about religious censorship of open debate in Britain, a supposedly free country.…


See? Simple. Next!

18 January 2012 10:23

Ed Miliband is in the happiest position he has been for months. Both left and right are attacking him for…


A left-wing writer conservatives should enjoy

11 January 2012 14:29

I have a review of Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank, one of the few left-wing writers I believe conservatives can read…


The Good, the Smug and the Blind

2 January 2012 9:53

The Economist has a rather good, rather smug and – in the end – entirely self-deluding leader about the predicament…

Interview with a Danish journalist

13 December 2011 13:21

He came to talk to me about British Euroscepticism, and I did my best to explain. I said it was…

A regiment of women monsterers

6 December 2011 21:59

Another day at the Telegraph and another attack on Laurie Penny, this time for writing a short piece describing how…

Lord Justice Leveson and the danger of the great and the good

23 November 2011 13:04

The Leveson Inquiry has all the makings of an establishment disaster. In saying that, I am not defending the behaviour…

When the centre goes berserk

15 November 2011 12:43

Over at the Leveson inquiry a smug Lord Patten – there is no other kind —said the BBC could not…

The Strange Death of Scottish Nationalism

9 November 2011 14:00

A few months ago a German magazine phoned me to talk about Scotland leaving the UK. The reporter had bought…

Can we torch Time Magazine’s offices now?

4 November 2011 14:38

I should declare an interest and say that I have always admired Time Magazine. It has great journalists. It has…