Nick Cohen

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

The Cummings' debacle shows Boris isn't fit to lead

14 November 2020 11:35 pm

For all his Falstaffian swagger, Boris Johnson resembles no Shakespearian character so much as Henry VI. He is a weak…

The cowardice of an ‘anti-fascist’ video game company

9 November 2020 9:25 pm

Anti-fascism isn’t a game. You can’t preen yourself and say you oppose dictatorship and the power of the mob, then…

Starmer’s suspension of Corbyn took courage

30 October 2020 4:14 am

Keir Starmer’s decision to suspend Jeremy Corbyn shows a courage so many lacked when the far left ran the party…

The cruelty of the care home visit ban

21 October 2020 4:20 pm

The loneliest pandemic deaths are in ‘care’ homes. Old people with dementia and people of all ages with severe mental…

The hounding of a Scottish poet by trans activists

6 October 2020 1:53 am

For a witch hunt to begin extremists must so dominate a movement any sin, however slight, becomes a heresy the…

J.K. Rowling's latest novel isn't 'transphobic'

16 September 2020 2:10 am

The object of a slanderer is to blacken the name of his target so thoroughly everything she says and does…

How Corbyn's toxic legacy continues to sabotage the Labour party

25 July 2020 7:14 pm

On Thursday the supposedly resurgent Labour party lost control of Brighton and Hove, one of its few centres of power…

Boris Johnson’s command and control administration

21 July 2020 6:46 pm

Conservatives once knew that command and control didn’t work. Even if they didn’t know it intellectually, one former Conservative minister…

The coronavirus scandal no one is talking about

3 July 2020 3:12 am

For months, mental health charities and Labour politicians have been telling the government truths that were so self-evident to anyone…

The Red Wall overwhelmingly opposes a no-deal Brexit

15 June 2020 10:39 pm

It isn’t news to say the Johnson administration doesn’t understand how to fight Covid-19 or reopen schools or save the…

Is George Bush brave enough to tell voters to back Biden?

9 June 2020 11:32 pm

For an instant, it looked as if George W. Bush might be an example of integrity all who believe in liberal…

The lethal combination of Brexit and Covid

2 June 2020 12:04 am

The combination of Covid-19 and Brexit is a double whammy. The first was a haymaker that hit Britain from nowhere.…

Boris Johnson will regret standing by Dominic Cummings

25 May 2020 9:39 pm

Boris Johnson is a populist who no longer understands the populace. Dominic Cummings pretends to be an anti-elitist but cannot…

Coronavirus's forgotten victims

21 May 2020 11:06 pm

I am hearing stories about people with disabilities that make me feel ill. Visitors to care homes (parents and siblings,…

How to save our nightlife after coronavirus

14 May 2020 12:32 am

The one certainty about crisis is that it makes bad situations worse. Anyone working in restaurants, pubs, cafes and clubs…

Bailing out Richard Branson comes with a big price

21 April 2020 3:52 am

Richard Branson is asking British taxpayers – a club he resigned from when he moved his affairs to the lax…

Whatever happened to parliamentary democracy?

31 March 2020 1:16 am

In the middle of a national crisis, Britain has become a parliamentary democracy without a parliament. The police now have…

Is Boris Johnson serious enough to take on the coronavirus?

5 March 2020 9:30 pm

Boris Johnson’s handsome election victory was only three months ago, but already it feels like a relic from another age.…

Boris’s main opposition is his party’s ageing demographics

22 February 2020 6:40 pm

If you want to see why Britain’s future will be so decrepit, look at the dramas on ITV. Unlike the…

Labour’s far left is a personality cult without the personality

7 January 2020 3:57 am

The Labour left that has dominated radical culture since 2015 appears to have had a stroke. Its candidates for the…

A new leader won’t stop the far left’s domination of Labour

19 December 2019 8:10 pm

The far left controls the Labour bureaucracy, its National Executive Committee, its policy making, manifesto writing, many of its constituency…

The polling that shows Corbyn is to blame for Labour’s decline

13 December 2019 9:01 am

The reason Jeremy Corbyn is not preparing to lead the first majority Labour government since 2010 is Jeremy Corbyn. The…

The Troubles with Brexit

17 November 2019 6:00 pm

At times, it can be hard to avoid the preachy style of reviewing that talks to readers in the tone…

How our biased electoral system could change British history

31 October 2019 9:06 pm

Last night’s report in the Financial Times that Nigel Farage is considering a pact with Boris Johnson has terrified what…

Extremists have taken over the two main parties

5 September 2019 7:29 pm

Both main British parties are now characterised by intolerance of dissent, leader worship and racism. You can take a historical…