Nick Cohen

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


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…

The Prison of Nations

31 October 2011 14:19

By the standards of what was to come in Europe, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was not so bad – it was…

The Lilliputian "Superstate"

25 October 2011 12:09

For the past week, the papers have been full of the woes of David Cameron as Tory backbenchers sense the…

Helping out the Editor

20 October 2011 20:53

Fraser asked how Britain can compete in the new world of global television. Here are two answers: 1) Don’t give…

On not understanding Tories (3): Inflation

18 October 2011 20:05

Being an occasional series in which the writer confesses that supporters of the British Conservative party leave him in a…

The New Statesman: The Toadies’ Gazette

10 October 2011 17:59

Here we go again. According to the surprisingly reliable Gudio Fawkes, the New Statesman has forced Dan Hodges, a lively…

Obama and Miliband

2 October 2011 20:20

I apologise for the advertisement, but there is a piece in the Observer that is well worth reading. Michael Cohen…

Chris Patten: a big disappointment all round

27 September 2011 12:08

Chris Patten has held almost every great and good job the great and the good can offer: Governor of Hong…

Labour is caught on a fork

21 September 2011 11:34

Listen to John Prescott on the Today programme this morning and you may begin to understand the complexity of the…

Novelists can be shits (and may be the better for it)

19 September 2011 19:14

Writers of my generation are comparing the BBC’s version of Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy – the highpoint of the golden…

From the archives: Is that you, Johann Hari?

15 September 2011 10:44

Today, Johann Hari admitted to vandalising his enemies’ Wikipedia entries using the psydonym David Rose. One of his victims, the writer…