Nick Cohen

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

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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…

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‘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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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,…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…