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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.

A Crooke from the Establishment

13 June 2011 13:00

The American journalist Michael Weiss wrote recently, “Tony Blair can’t be a war criminal. If he were, George Galloway would support him.”  The joke works on the assumption that the… Continue reading


Memo to Mr CTB esq. (Strictly confidential)

23 May 2011 15:10

Dear Mr CTB, We often say that the best advice a solicitor can give a client is to tell them when to back off from a confrontation. The time has… Continue reading


Rape and the French elite

18 May 2011 11:26

Bernard-Henri Levy begins his polemic on the alleged rape of a hotel chambermaid by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with a priceless example of what a better French philosopher called “bad faith”. ‘I… Continue reading


Greedy Tories

8 May 2011 14:50

Liberal Democrat fury at the behaviour of the prime minister is all over this morning’s papers. They are not just blustering because they lost the referendum – although, obviously, there… Continue reading


The Patriotic Case for Republicanism

30 April 2011 10:36

I have a piece in Time on why British republicans are the true patriots. Here’s a taster: "If you doubt the patriotism of  British republicanism, consider trying to explain to… Continue reading


Libya and the shattering of European illusions

28 April 2011 10:26

I have a piece in the Norwegian daily VG about how the Libyan war is destroying old certainties. I point out that although: "Den europeiske liberale middelklassens illusjoner ødelegges av… Continue reading


Changing my mind on AV

26 April 2011 8:18

One should never be too prissy about political campaigns. But even when the usual excuses about the “rough and tumble of politics” have been trotted out, the argument about AV… Continue reading


On not understanding Tories (2)

17 April 2011 10:44

Being the second in an occasional series. Part one is available here. Let me see if I can get this straight. The British Conservative Party has not won a general… Continue reading


How angry are Conservatives going to be?

9 April 2011 17:30

I worry that Coffee House sometimes fails to enrage readers sufficiently, so let me run a scenario past you, suggested to me by Rafael Behr, the Observer’s brilliant leader writer.… Continue reading


Billy Bragg and the fate of the Lib Dems

3 April 2011 11:58

For as long as I can remember Billy Bragg has been arguing for tactical voting. He lives in some splendour in Dorset, and wants to drive the Tories out of… Continue reading


The Tory Party’s Secret Weapon

28 March 2011 12:37

Writing in today’s Guardian about the weekend protests, my colleague Jackie Ashley makes a half-true argument. ‘Miliband [cannot] be blamed for the embarrassing juxtaposition of his words at the Hyde… Continue reading


More like Veena, please

22 March 2011 14:38

If we are going to avoid a clash of civilisations, we are going to need many more like the Pakistani actress Veena Malik. Watch her take on a mullah, who… Continue reading


A plea for help

15 March 2011 9:31

I am writing a book about threats to freedom of speech – real threats that is – and wonder if I should include a chapter on political correctness. I find… Continue reading


Cameron is wrong to target the Quilliam Foundation

7 March 2011 15:49

A few weeks ago, the Prime Minister promised a muscular liberalism that would take on the Islamist extremist groups Jack Straw, Ken Livingstone, John Denham and other frightened or simply… Continue reading


The Hunt becomes the Hunted

4 March 2011 10:47

Writing yesterday my esteemed colleague James Forsyth said that for want of a better alternative Jeremy Hunt was the Tory Party’s coming man. I hate disagree with James, but I… Continue reading


Why Howard Davies had to resign

3 March 2011 21:50

The London School of Economics once had a global reputation. The Libyan revolution wiped it away as easily as if it was mist on a window.   I cannot find… Continue reading


The Future of the BBC

28 February 2011 9:29

I’ve a piece in Standpoint about The Killing, one of the most interesting dramas on television. It’s not British, alas, and provides another reason for the controllers of British television… Continue reading


Mandy on Milly

25 February 2011 19:05

Peter Mandelson’s publishers have sent me extracts from the updated  paperback edition of his memoirs, The Third Man,  which is out on 3 March. Here are his thoughts on Ed… Continue reading


On not understanding Tories

19 February 2011 9:50

I don’t understand you, really I don’t. The immediate cause of my bewilderment was a piece on this site, yesterday by Matthew Hancock MP, attacking Ed Balls. In normal circumstances,… Continue reading


Cleggy Goes to Hollywood

15 February 2011 13:17

I once vowed never again to mock celebrities who endorse political campaigns as if they were advertising two-for-the-price-of-one offers in supermarkets. But today’s announcement that the Yes to AV campaign… Continue reading


Feminists for Cameron?

9 February 2011 16:06

The fallout from Labour’s morally and tactically disastrous decision to attack David Cameron’s defence of liberal values continues. Now it is Joan Smith’s turn to take a kick. She is… Continue reading


Labour’s Working Class Problem

8 February 2011 14:24

Here is a dispatch from the north-east by Andrew Hankinson, one of the best feature writers around, who wrote a superb piece on the effects of the crash of 2008… Continue reading


Dr Johnson and Ms Huffington

7 February 2011 17:34

"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money," declared Dr Johnson. Boswell did not like the maxim and explained it away as an example of Johnson’s lazy nature.… Continue reading


Why the Left Loses

31 January 2011 14:15

Writing behind the paywall in today’s Times, Aaron Porter, the president of the National Union of Students, says: "In Manchester on Saturday the National Union of Students organised what was… Continue reading


1981 and all that

30 January 2011 13:12

LP Hartley could not have been more wrong. The past is not a foreign country to which we can never return. It fills the minds of the living and stops… Continue reading