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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Andy Gray: The View from the Sports Desk

27 January 2011 9:22

After expressing some doubt yesterday that Andy Gray was as wicked or the journalists denouncing him were as virtuous as the media were claiming, I received the following email from… Continue reading

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A profession for snide hypocrites

26 January 2011 12:38

One of the few pieces of writing that made me emit an admiring whistle last year, was by the Economist’s political correspondent Bagehot. He argued that Britain did not have… Continue reading

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News International: will one more scandal be enough?

23 January 2011 12:47

At the start of the phone hacking scandal, I was sceptical that News International’s pursuers would get far. There is an omerta on Fleet Street. Reporters do not blab about… Continue reading

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Tunisia? Tunisia! Who would have thunked it!

21 January 2011 12:39

I’ve a piece in the Jewish Chronicle about how there was a great story in Tunisia that no one reported. As I say, ‘Every morning I read The Times, the… Continue reading

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The American Right’s Problem

15 January 2011 14:36

I never thought I would write this but Sarah Palin had a point when she said that she was a victim of a “blood libel”. The Left has gone wild… Continue reading

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‘Far-left’ and ‘far-right’: distinctions without differences

2 January 2011 12:07

In my Observer column today, I talk about the growing repression in Hungary and my dislike of the terms “far right” and “far left”. Look for divergences between them and… Continue reading

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Reformers for the Ancien Regime

30 December 2010 13:28

Over on Coffee House my colleague Dan Hodges notes that a large chunk of the Parliamentary Labour Party has come out against AV, and speculates that their stand will help… Continue reading

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Michael and Me

19 December 2010 10:43

I have had an email from someone called webguy @ michaelmoore.com – who may be the great propagandist himself or perhaps one of his "people" – saying that the US… Continue reading

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Michael Moore: Stupid White Man

18 December 2010 12:34

An elderly and very left wing friend told me a couple of years ago that he was delighted to be visiting Cuba for the first time. “Be careful,” I said,… Continue reading

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Lucky Sweden?

13 December 2010 9:10

A repulsive feature of contemporary left-wing thinking is its insistence that clerical fascists should dictate our foreign policy. After the 7/7 attacks on London, Robert Fisk lambasted Tony Blair for… Continue reading

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