Nick Cohen

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

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…

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’…

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…

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…

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)…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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: 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,…

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,…

More Niallism: Keynes opposed Versailles because he was a screaming queen

8 May 2013 11:57

When I heard that Niall Ferguson had said that JM Keynes advocated reckless economic policies because he was gay and…

Simon Singh: Let us now praise a bloody-minded hero

25 April 2013 9:59

I don’t normally campaign. I’m not a joiner or a natural committee man. But the state of free speech in…

Vladimir Putin meets the Munchkins

16 April 2013 11:08

Late on Friday my editor at the Observer called and asked me to dash off a few words on what…

Evidence-based politics: the case of the incredible shrinking Tory Party

9 April 2013 19:26

Here is something those who rely on political commentators will not have expected to see. The latest poll from TNS…