Nick Cohen

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

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…

Boris is a weak man posing as a tough guy

25 July 2019 6:11 am

Boris Johnson is taking over the Conservative party like a gangster taking over a crime syndicate. Don’t let ideological labels…

Revealed: Tom Watson’s secret plan to oust Jeremy Corbyn

6 July 2019 9:00 am

The phrase ‘existential crisis’ is thrown around too easily. But it is hard to find a better description of the…

Why Tories are hooked on Boris Johnson

26 June 2019 1:45 am

Modern politicians are like drug dealers intent on keeping their clients’ hooked. They sell fixes to their core voters: upping…

Corbyn isn’t working – and Labour is being picked apart by its new enemies

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Protestors on the anti-Brexit marches have sensed an eerie absence. ‘What is it?’ I thought back in March as I…

The twisted truth about Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

14 May 2019 10:17 pm

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party pretends to stand for the traditional values of old England: Parliamentary sovereignty, patriotism and decency. However little…

The Corbyn crack-up

16 February 2019 9:00 am

To say that the May administration is ‘the worst government anyone can remember’ is to abuse the English language. It…

Why journalists should boycott the Comment Awards

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Shortly before his death, the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm wrote that capitalism crushed the integrity of artists and intellectuals. Assessed…

It’s not easy being a Corbynista Jew – just ask Jon Lansman

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Being a Jew on the Corbyn left is soul- crushing. In the name of the cause, you must excuse racism…

In the face of strongmen, conservatives are letting their principles vanish

3 February 2018 9:00 am

In 1989, the year Soviet communism collapsed, John O’Sullivan, Margaret Thatcher’s former speechwriter, gave the world O’Sullivan’s First Law of…

‘I’m the head of the Tories’ social media campaign.’

Red box

1 February 2018 3:00 pm


16 September 2017 9:00 am

Enough has been written about a Conservative government that knows its electoral success depends on Britain remaining a property-owning democracy,…

Left in the shadows

22 April 2017 9:00 am

In the early hours of 9 June 2017, Jeremy Corbyn conceded defeat. For the luckless political journalists forced to cover…

Which side are you on?

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Trump’s victory sets a test for conservatives, a test they are failing with embarrassing ineptitude. They are making the oldest…

May’s head on the block

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Understand what this government is trying to get away with, and think about how it is trying to get away…

This could be the end of the Labour party

22 September 2016 1:00 pm

English Conservatives and Scottish Nationalists do not wake at 3 a.m., drenched in sweat, worrying about how they can defeat…

Corbyn has won – again. This could be the end of the Labour party

22 September 2016 1:00 pm

Those of us on the left should imagine how our political rivals felt when watching Jeremy Corbyn’s latest victory speech. English…

Enemies of history

30 July 2016 9:00 am

At the start of the 21st century, no one felt the need to reach for studies of ‘third-period’ communism to…

Brexit’s bitter harvest

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Nick Cohen and Fraser Nelson discuss The Spectator’s decision to back Brexit: We British flatter ourselves that common sense is…

What Labour needs now is a takeover by real left-wing radicals

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The party needs real radicalism – it is in the hands of an ugly simulacrum