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The neutrality of this article is disputed. Please see the discussion on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until the dispute is resolved. (January 2011) For the rock music journalist, see Nik Cohn. Nick Cohen is a British journalist, author, and political commentator. He is currently a columnist for The Observer and the TV critic for Standpoint magazine. He used to write for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman, until he departed and sued the magazine.[1] Cohen has written four books: Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous (1999), a collection of his journalism; Pretty Straight Guys (2003), a highly critical account of the New Labour project; What's Left? (2007), which he describes as the story of how the liberal left of the 20th century came to support the far right of the 21st;[2] and Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England (2009). The Orwell Prize for political writing shortlisted What's Left? in 2008.[3] Cohen is regarded by his supporters as belonging to the intellectual tradition of radical writers such as George Orwell[4] and Albert Camus. Formerly a strong critic of American foreign policy, declaring it was "Right to be anti-American" early in 2002,[5] in November that year he announced his support for the invasion of Iraq and denounced the left for, as he saw it, "anti-Americanism"[5] and failing to address Islamist ideology. "The left... has swerved to the right," he wrote.[6] His critics have argued that he has in fact swerved to the right himself, and labeled him a neoconservative,[7] pointing to his praise for Paul Wolfowitz, Sarah Palin, Jonah Goldberg, Richard Littlejohn and George W. Bush, his continuing support for military action in Iraq and the Palestinian Territories, and his decision to write for the Daily Mail and FrontPage magazine, where he complained in a book review that the "ultra-conservative"[citation needed] David Horowitz, the magazine's editor, did not "go far enough" in his denunciation of American liberals. Cohen seemed to accept this, writing that he was "turning... into a Tory"[8] and "defends neocons".[9] A number of journalists and activists, mainly from the liberal-left, have publicly urged Cohen to "rejoin the conversation" and "become part of the solution",[10] arguing that at present he "promotes the most extreme, polarising and least representative voices". Cohen said in 2010 he "will vote Labour – but only because of Iraq."[11] However, once the election was over, he urged the Liberal Democrats to "be brave enough" to go into coalition with the Conservatives, thus installing them in power. He said they were preferable to Gordon Brown, on the grounds that he shouts at his colleagues, and Conservative spending cuts were necessary anyway.[12] The following week, however, on 16 May, he accused the Liberal Democrats of having "toffed up" the Cameron-led coalition and "sundered their links with the social democratic tradition", and described Vince Cable as a "good social democrat who threw in his lot with the Tories...a man with a mortal sin on his conscience."[13] This prompted the New Statesman magazine, Cohen's former employer, to ask: "Does the Observer not provide this man with an editor? A sub? A reviewer of copy?"[13] In 2006, he was a leading signatory to the Euston Manifesto, which proposed "a new political alignment" in which the left opposes terrorism and anti-Americanism, terms which Cohen in 2002 had described as a "propaganda insult."[5] He is an advisory board member of Just Journalism, an independent organisation that argues the British media is too critical of Israel, and needs to be – as they see it – more balanced. He supported Operation Cast Lead, writing in The Jewish Chronicle that "it was clear to me that when Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Israel it had declared war and had to accept the consequences. I would not have thought that five years ago."[14][15] He also argued: "British Jews are living through a very dangerous period. They are the only ethnic minority whose slaughter official society will excuse."[14][15] He also says that whenever he hears the argument that there is a Jewish lobby influencing US foreign policy, "I bang the table and batter its proponents remorselessly."[16] Contents 1 Personal life 2 Domestic politics 3 Political positions 4 Attacks on liberals, greens and "the idiot left" 5 Alcohol 6 See also 7 Notes 8 External links 8.1 Cohen's work 8.2 Other 8.3 Criticisms // Personal life Cohen's paternal grandfather was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Tsarist Russia at the time of the pogroms; he became a Communist and married outside the faith. Nick Cohen identifies himself as an atheist.[14][15] He grew up in Manchester[17] and was educated at Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). He began his career at the Birmingham Post and Mail before joining The Independent as a reporter. He lives in Islington with his wife and their son, and frequently attacks the area as typical of wealthy liberal-left attitudes.[18] Domestic politics Though most widely known for his views on foreign policy, he first came to wide attention for his commentaries on domestic politics. In the 1990s, he was a critic of then British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the 'New Labour' project, which he argued at that time was based on image, not principle. He told the British television network, Channel 4: "You get this picture of the leadership of this country, people in the heart of power, Blair, Campbell, Powell all in Downing Street, all worried intensely and working intensely about the Prime Minister's image. This is the government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They really ought to have better things to do with their time ... Apart from Tony Blair's image, his sincerity, his integrity, there's no ideology behind it, beyond the standard neo-Conservative ideology of the day, and so his integrity is kind of all they've got."[19] However, of late he has been an enthusiastic supporter of Tony Blair, writing: "If Europe’s leaders have any sense, they will make him the first president of the European Union."[20] Cohen writings on British issues include pieces on education policy, civil liberties, and inner-city racial tension. He has been a consistent opponent of the introduction of identity cards, has declared his support for grammar schools,[21] claiming that those schools supported social mobility,[22] and has attacked the increasing involvement of the private sector in public services. Cohen argues that he takes a broadly libertarian viewpoint on civil liberties issues. In particular, he has been a consistent opponent of the introduction of identity cards, which he described in 2004 as a "counterproductive, authoritarian and ruinously expensive folly".[23] He has also attacked the misuse of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, arguing that they "have created a new outlet for the small-minded and allowed them to treat people who would once have been dismissed as unlucky or unconventional or simple-minded as villains."[24] However, in a 2006 article headlined "We have to deport terrorist suspects whatever their fate", he criticized the British government for its reluctance to deport terror suspects to states that are known to commit torture, saying they should prioritize "national interests".[25] He has condemned what he calls "the two-faced civil liberties lawyer".[26] He has also frequently written on the topic of inner-city racial tension, arguing that British liberals have discouraged racial integration. In the aftermath of the Birmingham riots in October 2005, he recalled his time as a reporter for the Birmingham Post & Mail during the Handsworth riots twenty years before, and drew pessimistic conclusions from events in the interim period, writing: "I can see no more urgent task than taking the fight to those on the right and the left who are busily piling bricks on ghetto walls. If they're not stopped, I don't like to think what Handsworth or the rest of the country will be like in 20 years."[27] He has written on the relative success of the British National Party at the 2006 local elections, arguing that, "if polite society stuffs British citizens into hermetically sealed boxes and labels them as the blacks or the Muslims, it is not so strange that people should decide to be the whites and vote accordingly.".[28] On economic issues, Cohen argued against increasing economic inequality for most of his career, but his opinions have changed. In January 2007 in the Evening Standard he argued[29] that couples earning £100,000 per annum (the richest 2 percent) were finding it difficult to survive financially in London due to the pressures of school fees, house prices and council tax, and unless the governing Labour Party addressed their concerns it would lose the next general election. Cohen currently has no declared party political allegiance; he has said that he has never been a member of any political party other than the Labour Party.[30] He initially suggested, however, that he would vote Conservative to defeat Ken Livingstone in the London mayoral elections, on the grounds that Livingstone had shaken hands with Hugo Chavez who has in turn shaken hands with Robert Mugabe. In the end, he voted for the Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick, while directing his criticisms entirely at Livingstone. He says that after the fall of the Labour government, the party will have to go through a process of "destalinisation."[31] He also suggests in his book What's Left that the supposed prioritisation of single mothers for council housing "provides a perverse incentive for single motherhood" and says that "the liberal professionals of the welfare state were aggravating the poverty and racism they said they opposed". A 1996 study by the Economic and Social Research Council found no evidence of this; moreover, the obligation of local authorities to prioritise housing for applicants with children ended in 1993.[32] Political positions Alan Johnson, Eve Garrard, Nick Cohen, Shalom Lappin, and Norman Geras at the launch in London of the Euston Manifesto in 2006. They wrote that anti-Zionism has "developed to a point where supposed organizations of the Left are willing to entertain openly anti-Semitic speakers and to form alliances with anti-Semitic groups." [33] Before the lead-up to the Iraq war, Cohen had been a fierce critic of UK and U.S. foreign policy. In a 2001 article headlined "Why it is right to be anti-American", he wrote: ""Anti-Americanism" is a transparent slur that libels and subverts the best of American freedom. It's a propaganda insult that is as contaminated as "terrorist". Right-wingers in London and Washington use it shamelessly to suggest that those who are not happy with their abysmal status quo are the moral equivalents of blood-drenched murderers." He said the US "needs to be fought" and "there is little about modern America to be for."[5] These criticisms continued for some months after the attacks of September 11, 2001; he opposed that year's Afghanistan war and, in November 2001, argued that Tony Blair had "pinned a large target sign on this country" in his alliance with the U.S. in the war on terror.[34] He wrote of George Bush: "What a jerk and a dolt the man is, and who but jerks and dolts could have voted for him?"[35] He said his initial response to the 9/11 attacks "was that they were a nuisance that got in the way of more pressing concerns . . . I wanted anything associated with Tony Blair to fail because that would allow me to return to the easy life of attacking him. If propagating scare stories from Oxfam and Christian Aid [about how there would be a famine in Afghanistan if the US invaded] allowed me to undermine him then I was more than prepared to do it.’ [What's Left, P277] He also said that supporters of the invasion of Afghanistan are responsible for "a strategy which incites rather than defeats crime, the killing of civilians, the first great famine of the twenty-first century, the refusal of America to accept restraints on weapons of mass destruction, the collapse of our [Britain's] national independence, mines falling from the heavens, free-fire zones in the Caucasus and a suppression of democratic rights".[36] Later in 2002 and through 2003, Cohen had a change of heart. After the large-scale February 2003 anti-war demonstration in London, he was particularly critical of those human-rights, feminist and gay-rights activists who marched alongside Islamist groups, whom he accused of homophobia, anti-Semitism and misogyny. Cohen attacked the Stop the War Coalition for its perceived attitude toward Iraqi dissenters: "Iraq is the only country in the Arab world with a strong, democratic movement. Yet I wonder how many who marched yesterday know of the dissenters' existence. The demonstration's organisers have gone to great lengths to censor and silence ... The Socialist Workers Party, which dominates the alliance, was happy to cohost the march with the reactionary British Association of Muslims. The association had blotted its copybook by circulating a newspaper which explained that apostasy from Islam is 'an offence punishable by death'. But what the hell. In the interests of multi-culturalism, the SWP ignored the protests of squeamish lefties and let that pass. The Trots aren't Islamophobes, after all. The only Muslims they have a phobia about are secular Iraqi Muslims who, shockingly, believe in human rights."[37] He has been particularly critical of George Galloway, the Respect MP, whom he has likened to Oswald Mosley, and the Respect coalition more generally, which is linked to the Stop the War Coalition and the Socialist Workers Party. He has also criticized Ken Livingstone, the London mayor, for meeting the Islamist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi. For Cohen, the "principled left" is a thing of the past. The hit of the season is Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a sort of Fox News for liberals. Among the many clunking contradictions and honking errors, one unforgivable scene stands out. Moore brushes aside the millions forced into exile and mass graves by Saddam Hussein, and decides to present life in one of the worst tyrannies of the late 20th century as sweet and simple. Boys scamper to barber shops. Merry children fly kites. Blushing lovers get married. At the end of the film, leftish audiences in America and Europe show they are more than prepared to forgive and forget. They rise to their feet and applaud.[38] In his switch to support for the wider war on terror, Cohen cited Paul Berman's book Terror and Liberalism as a major influence: "The only time I realised I was charging up a blind alley was when I read Paul Berman's Terror and Liberalism. I didn't see a blinding light or hear a thunder clap or cry 'Eureka!' If I was going to cry anything it would have been 'Oh bloody hell!' ... I was going to have to turn it round and see the world afresh."[39] Opponents of Cohen's position on Iraq have pointed to his support of the Iraqi National Congress in the run-up to war, and his praise for its leader Ahmed Chalabi, the alleged conduit for much of the inaccurate pre-war intelligence. As the possibility of war with Iraq emerged in early 2002, Cohen promoted the INC as 'an inspiring resistance group' and criticised its 'shunning... by right-thinking, Left-leaning people', as well as by the CIA and State Department: Many in the INC believe that what truly infuriates the CIA is that Chalabi is a cultured businessman, who speaks English better than most Western politicians. He argues with style and force against the INC’s detractors on the US networks and in Congress and the Washington think-tanks. George Tenet, who, incredibly, remains the CIA director after his failure to protect his country on 11 September, is the leader of the faction in Washington which loathes the INC… In Washington, the State Department, which has stopped funding the INC after disputed accusations of fraud, and the CIA take no notice of the threat and support the ‘nicer Sunni tyrant’ option. Paradoxically, the greatest supporters of the civilian movement are the military in the Pentagon. The struggle between the departments is underway, but the balance of forces is against the INC. A democratic Iraq would give the subject peoples of the Gulf monarchies ideas above their station.[40] Cohen repeated his praise of the INC in a number of columns leading up to the war, describing it as a "a loose and fractious coalition, but one which, for all its faults, is committed to democracy."[41] Even before revelations of the role played by Chalabi and the INC in providing dubious intelligence, al-Jazeera correspondent Mark Seddon argued: "Cohen's faith in the shambolic Iraqi National Congress, presided over by a convicted fraudster, Ahmad Chalabi, is horribly misplaced."[42] Cohen has been accused of promoting prejudice against Muslims. In November 2009, he accused Shahid Malik, a left-wing Muslim who was deputy minister at the Department of Communities, of being "the real power" in the Department, and swinging it to support Muslim extremists in a bid to gain the support of Muslims in his constituency. The left-wing writer Mehdi Hassan wrote of this: "[Cohen] suggests that the then junior minister in the DCLG, a Muslim, controlled the department from the shadows and used his "power" to advance the sectarian interests of "Islamist" groups and secure Muslim bloc votes. It is deeply offensive, paranoid and wholly inaccurate. Imagine if Cohen had written [about Jews] in this way."[13] Critics also point to his attitude to George W. Bush, which evolved concurrently with his views on foreign policy. He wrote in January 2005: "In the long-run the only solution is for the global move towards democracy to get moving again. In these strange times, the only person who believes that this is possible or desirable is George W. Bush. In his inauguration address last week he announced that the 'survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.' And was feared and hated by right-thinking people the world over for saying so."[43] After meeting Paul Wolfowitz in London, Cohen wrote: "I was clearly in the presence of real power...I was in the presence of a politician committed to extending human freedom."[44] The left-wing journalist George Monbiot sees Cohen as failing to seriously condemn human rights abuses committed by the American and British governments in Iraq.[45] He wrote that Cohen and other liberal hawks "accused those who opposed the war of caring nothing for the welfare of the Iraqis. Given that they care so much, why has none of these hawks spoken out against the use of unconventional weapons by coalition forces?" He noted that Cohen wrote in 2002, "Former lefties can make a good living in the media by attacking their ex-comrades – I'd do it myself if the price was right."[46] In response to criticism of the Iraq on the invasion of Iraq, Cohen has argued, "If you say it is illegal to overthrow a genocidal tyrant, then you have to say that genocide is legal."[47] Cohen's neoconservative stance regarding the 2003 invasion of Iraq was discussed critically at length by Peter Hitchens in his book The Broken Compass.[48] Cohen has also changed position on many individuals. Of the writer Anthony Browne, Cohen wrote in 2003: "This line of cant has been developed by Anthony Browne, an occasional contributor to this paper, and a writer for the Times and Spectator, elite journals both. “Blair’s epidemics” of Aids, TB and hepatitis B are being spread by asylum-seekers, he has asserted to great acclaim. You can understand the reasons for the applause. Browne has moved the debate on. Asylum-seekers are not only scroungers and terrorists but plague carriers, like the rats that brought the Black Death." In 2008, he said: "Browne has stood up for free speech and against liberal alliances with radical Islam, and exposed the civil servants who were pretending that a rise in HIV was due to poor sex education rather than immigration from African countries where the virus is raging."[49] Attacks on liberals, greens and "the idiot left" Cohen writes that "The left... has swerved to the right - to the far right, in fact - and is actively supporting theocrats and fascists: the oppressors of racial minorities, secularists, women, gays and trade unionists.".[50] According to Cohen it is misleading to call "far right" those nationalists who in practice pursue similar authoritarian states as socialists Alexander Lukashenko and Hugo Chavez. Cohen also accuses the conservatives for cooperation with these nationalists and the left for cooperation with similar islamists. According to him, a more relevant split lies between those supporting liberal democracy and those supporting authoritarian regimes. [51] Cohen praised the book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg, which argues that fascism is a liberal-left phenomenon, with Franklin Roosevelt's "fascist New Deal" at its core. Cohen wrote that liberals "are the inheritors of ideas that began in the fascist movement. Goldberg certainly leaves them little left to be proud of." Cohen argues that environmentalists are part of a "pagan movement, whose mystic tropes are repeated by new age healers, vegetarians and greens."[52] He also says "environmental politics are a middle class obsession with no appeal in the slums."[53] He argues that the "noxious fumes of eco-extremism" are "a threat", Al Gore is a "hypocrite", and that criticisms of the conservative National Review magazine, which claims global warming isn't happening, show there is a "lunatic fringe" that will discredit attempts to deal with pollution.[54] In September 2008, Cohen in a book review in the conservative Frontpage Magazine described David Horowitz, the reviewed book's co-author and FrontPage's editor-in-chief, as a "patriot first and foremost"[55] and said that he provided "ample evidence" that the American left had committed treason by giving comfort to the enemy in a time of war. However Cohen argued that the book's criticism of American liberalism did 'not go far enough'. He describes Amnesty International as an "evil corporation"[56] and says many of Britain's problems are due to "the idiot left."[57] He argues that Barack Obama is "the most reactionary President since Richard Nixon", and that he "combines the weakness of Jimmy Carter with the morals of Richard Nixon."[58] He compares him unfavourably to George W. Bush, on the grounds that Obama "doesn't frighten anyone." He says of the President: "Many from his political generation use the superficially leftish language of multiculturalism and post-colonialism to imply that human rights are a modern version of imperialism which westerners impose on societies that do not need them. Scratch a relativist and you find a racist."[58] This article later had to be corrected. The Observer noted: "This Comment piece said: 'In his Cairo speech to Muslim countries [Obama]... did not mention the oppression of women.' In fact, he dedicated several paragraphs of his speech to women's rights, condemning those who would deny women equality through education and offering US aid to support expanded literacy for girls in any Muslim-majority country."[58] In 2007 the journalist Johann Hari reviewed Cohen's book What's Left in the American Dissent magazine, where he called for Cohen and others (like Hari himself) who supported the Iraq war from a left-wing perspective to admit they had been wrong and had profoundly misunderstood neoconservatism.[59] Cohen argued that Hari's review was "deceitful", a "fairytale", "Maoist" and "a nervous breakdown in print". Hari called this response "bizarre" and offered quotes from Cohen which he argued backed up his claims, accusing Cohen of "a baffling denial of his own words".[60] Soon after, they were both nominated for the Orwell Prize, which Hari won. Cohen also responded angrily to being criticized by Todd Gitlin. Gitlin wrote Cohen "assumes in black-or-white Republican fashion that those who reject a bomb-bomb foreign policy are turning cold shoulders to totalism’s victims."[61] Cohen accused Gitlin of "slipperiness", of being of a "dilettante" and "self-pitying", and of using "the wildest language". He said: "For the sake of America and the world, the Obama Administration should marginalize him".[62] Similarly, after the Independent's Boyd Tonkin criticised Cohen, he accused him of speaking "guff" and said he should be shunned, and he responded to criticisms from liberal Muslim Yasmin Alibhai-Brown by saying she was "acting like a child" and "disgraceful." After he was criticized by Guernica magazine for (as they saw it) failing to cite sources in his criticism of Noam Chomsky, Cohen called their writer "very dim", suggested he "lacked the mental ability to understand" him, and called him an "American apologist for fascism."[63] Cohen repeated his claim that "the crimes of Adolf Hitler did not bother" Chomsky, although he did not give a source for this. In 2009, Cohen attacked the Fabian Society, saying they would "never" promote the work of Muslim liberals who criticise fundamentalists.[64] Sunder Katwala, the society's General Secretary, responded by pointing out they do indeed promote, publish and provide platforms for the work of Muslim liberals vigorously, including the very liberals Cohen named in his article like Ed Husain, and including at events at which Nick Cohen was present. Katwala concluded: "We also have here the well-known phenomenon of the zeal of the convert. That is why several of the keenest neo-cons and Thatcherites had been Marxists... It is the personal politics of exchanging one set of absolute certainties for another, and proclaiming them with equal conviction and lack of nuance. Nick Cohen is another case in point. He offered an absurd 'agitprop left' response to 9/11 and the initial military action against Afghanistan, then accused anybody who couldn't agree with him over Iraq as being in bad faith. As we all pick up the pieces, he is now shouting about the betrayal and failure to engage liberal Muslims... Cohen had every reason to already know he was spouting nonsense."[65] Cohen responded by saying that the honorary chairman of the Fabians, Labour MP Sadiq Khan, once spoke at the Global Peace & Unity conference, which was also addressed by some Islamists. [1] He wrote: "I rest my case." Katwala responded: "Our esteemed columnist is now cutting and pasting the contents of a conference which did not involve the Fabians, because the Communities Minister Sadiq Khan – also our Chair – spoke in his ministerial capacity... Its a very poor and indequate reply. He now says he has "contempt" for the Fabians. Well, that comes across. But does it mean an Observer columnist should ignore the facts and mislead his readers?" [2] Cohen replied that this response consisted of "thunderbolts of rage", "wild anger" and was probably the sign of a "guilty conscience". [3] The Observer's ombudsman ruled that Cohen's accusation against the Fabians was "without foundation", and noted that Cohen has drawn on the evidence of a fraudster called Hassan Butt who admitted he fabricated claims that he believed journalists like Cohen wanted to hear. [4] Cohen later had to apologise to the journalist Nick Davies after he falsely accused him of printing stories he knew to be untrue in his anti-war book Flat Earth News. [5] A broad coalition of left-wing Muslims and their supporters wrote a letter to the Observer arguing: "Nick Cohen needs to find a new column to write. Yet again last Sunday, he declaimed that the liberal-left has failed to engage or support liberal Muslims, asserting that leading voices and institutions refuse to challenge Islamist extremism as well as opposing the BNP. But this is nonsense. It can be easily disproved by what we have all said and done... We make a comradely call on Nick Cohen to stop shouting, to rejoin the conversation, engage with the work going on across the liberal-left and to become part of the solution." [6] The prominent aid worker Conor Foley wrote that "Nick’s contributions to the debate about humanitarian intervention have been the most uniquely ill-informed and unhelpful that I have read by any mainstream media commentator." [7] Alcohol Cohen, when speaking at the Orwell Prize debate on 26 March 2009, appeared to be drunk and was accused of being so by Peter Hitchens.[49][66][67] Cohen proceeded to attack verbally the Orwell Prize, school prefects, Britain's journalists, the Prime Minister, and Hitchens himself. Cohen claimed that the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, had ordered the sacking of journalist Martin Bright from the New Statesman. Martin Bright later said[68] he 'left the New Statesman after three and a half years to pursue other projects' and that he 'doubts Gordon Brown even noticed'. Similarly, the former British ambassador Craig Murray and friend of Cohen's wrote an article "Nick Cohen and the effects of alcohol", claiming: "I have always maintained stoutly that it is possible to drink a great deal without any impairment of the mental faculties. I fear Cohen's book may be disproving that." [8]. In 2005, the satirical magazine Private Eye labelled Cohen 'Nick Incoherent', apparently in reference to both Cohen's alleged heavy drinking and to what the magazine regarded as his frequently changing stances on issues and inconsistent and confused writing. The magazine mocked Cohen's heavy use of alcohol and his view that the 7/7 London bombings were unconnected to the Iraq War using a parody of the writer: "Some people claim there is some connection between alcohol and drunkeness. To this, I say nonsense!" Cohen has said, perhaps in jest, that the solution to a hangover is "hair of the dog [i.e. more alcohol]. I've been taking it for 20 years now (continuously now I come to think of it) Never lets you down." [9] See also David Aaronovitch Euston Manifesto Christopher Hitchens Oliver Kamm George Orwell Melanie Phillips Norman Podhoretz Notes ^ Dominic Ponsford "Nick Cohen to sue New Statesman over changes to pay and conditions", Press Gazette blog, 24 June 2008. Retrieved on 9 June 2008 ^ "Biography", nickcohen.net. ^ "Shortlist 2008", The Orwell Prize ^ Martin Ivens "You’ve lost it, Guardianistas", The Sunday Times, 4 February 2007 ^ a b c d Cohen, Nick (14 January 2002). "Why it is right to be anti-American". New Statesman. http://www.newstatesman.com/200201140006. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Nick Cohen "The great liberal betrayal", New Statesman, 1 November 2004 ^ Nick Cohen » Blog Archive » What’s Leftery? ^ Nick Cohen February 2007 "Why Ken is turning me into a Tory", Evening Standard, 21 February 2007 ^ Nick Cohen on Twitter ^ Sunder Katwala, et al "Nick Cohen is wrong about the liberal-left", The Observer, 22 March 2009 ^ Cohen, Nick (Sunday 31 January 2010). "Gordon Brown: the Fear and the Filth". Standpoint Magazine. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2650. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Cohen, Nick (Saturday 8 May 2010). "Don't walk away, Nick". Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/08/general-election-2010-hung-parliament3. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ a b c Hasan, Mehdi (7 June 2010). "Nick Cohen’s Nazi confusion". New Statesman. http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/mehdi-hasan/2010/06/cohen-israel-liberal-observer. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ a b c Nick Cohen "Jesus! I’m turning into a Jew!", The Jewish Chronicle, 12 February 2009, as reproduced on Nick Cohen's website. ^ a b c Nick Cohen "Hatred is turning me into a Jew", The Jewish Chronicle, 12 February 2009 ^ http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3264 ^ Nick Cohen. Waiting for the Etonians pg. 23 ^ 'Law without Order', New Statesman 2004, 'Waiting for the Etonians' pg.99 ^ Mark Easton "Blair's integrity under threat", Channel 4, August 2003 ^ Official website ^ Nick Cohen "Long live grammars", The Observer, 31 July 2005. Retrieved on 9 September 2008. ^ Nick Cohen "Pray for better schools", The Observer, 17 October 2004. Retrieved on 9 September 2008. ^ Nick Cohen "Marking your card", The Observer, December 5, 2004 ^ Nick Cohen "A law for the vindictive", The Observer, 27 March 2005 ^ Nick Cohen "We have to deport terrorist suspects - whatever their fate", The Observer, 5 November 2006. ^ http://www.johannhari.com/archive/article.php?id=1157 ^ Nick Cohen "Politics of the ghetto", The Observer, 30 October 2005 ^ Nick Cohen "Bigots, racists and worthless buffoons - so why do they keep getting elected?", The Observer, 7 May 2006 ^ . http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4153/is_20070117/ai_n17131966. [dead link] ^ Nick Cohen "What’s Left? The World and His Wife", www.nickcohen.net, 10 February 2007 ^ http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2650 ^ Exposed: the myth of the single mother ^ "The Euston Manifesto", March 29, 2006. ^ Nick Cohen "Come on, you liberals", The Observer, 4 November 2001 ^ "Protection Racket". Observer of London. November 12, 2000. http://www.commondreams.org/views/111200-106.htm. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Cohen, Nick (4 November 2001). "Come on, you liberals". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2001/nov/04/politicalcolumnists.comment. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Nick Cohen "The Left isn't listening", The Observer, 16 February 2003 ^ Nick Cohen "Where have all the children of the left gone?", New Statesman, 16 August 2004 ^ Nick Cohen "Nick Cohen on Terror and Liberalism by Paul Berman", normblog, 5 July 2005 ^ Nick Cohen "Our enemy's enemies", The Observer, 14 April 2002 ^ Nick Cohen "The last thing the US wants is democracy in Iraq", The Observer, 28 July 2002 ^ Seddon, Mark. "Why Nick Cohen is wrong, New Statesman, 12 May 2003 ^ Nick Cohen "Taking liberties", The Observer, 23 January 2005 ^ Quoted by Johann Hari "Johann Hari replies", Dissent, Fall 2007 ^ Monbiot, George (15 November 2005). "The US Used Chemical Weapons In Iraq". The Guardian. http://www.countercurrents.org/iraq-monbiot151105.htm. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Cohen, Nick (12 August 2002). "The rebels who changed their tune to be pundits". New Statesman. http://www.newstatesman.com/200208120009. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Hopi's Yassamine Mather debates Nick Cohen (MP3 format), Soho Theatre, London January 29, 2008 ^ Hitchens, Peter (2009). The Broken Compass: How British Politics Lost its Way. Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.. ISBN 1847064051.  See chapter 13, A Comfortable Hotel on the Road to Damascus ^ a b Cohen, Nick (November 11, 2007). "Nick Cohen: Waiting for the Etonians – a review". The Observer. http://liberalconspiracy.org/2009/04/15/waiting-for-the-etonians/#more-4084. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Nick Cohen "The great liberal betrayal", New Statesman, 1 November 2004 ^ Who will confront the hatred in Hungary?, Nick Cohen, The Observer, 2 January 2011 ^ Nick Cohen "A right hook to the left", The Observer, 8 February 2009 ^ Cohen, Nick (Tuesday 17 November 2009). "Why the Pollsters Won't See a Cameron Landslide Coming". Standpoint Magazine. http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/2412. Retrieved 10 July 2010.  ^ Nick Cohen "Beware the noxious fumes of eco-extremism", The Observer, 15 April 2007 ^ Nick Cohen "It May Be The Party of Defeat", Frontpage Magazine, 12 September 2008 ^ Cohen, Nick (Sunday 14 February 2010). "Amnesty International and Megagreed Plc". Standpoint Magazine. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2693. Retrieved 10 July 2010.  ^ Cohen, Nick (Sunday 16 May 2010). "Welcome to Britain in 2010 where money + class = power". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/16/nick-cohen-coalition-privilege. Retrieved 10 July 2010.  ^ a b c Cohen, Nick (Sunday 24 January 2010). "Obama is the most reactionary president since Nixon". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/24/nick-cohen-barack-obama. Retrieved 10 July 2010.  ^ Johann Hari "'What's Left' by Nick Cohen: A book review, and a eulogy for the pro-war left", Dissent, 20 July 2007, as reproduced on Johann Hari's website. ^ Johann Hari "A response to Nick Cohen's response: Bizarre denials and hyperbole", Dissent, 29 July 2007, as reproduced on Johann Hari's website. ^ Todd Gitlin "Left Is Right", Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, #11, Winter 2009 ^ Nick Cohen "That anti-fascist left is still absent without leave", Nick Cohen's blog, 9 March 2009, reproducing letters from Cohen and Gitlin in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, #12, Spring 2009 ^ Cohen, Nick (Monday 18 January 2010). "American Apologists for Fascism". Standpoint Magazine. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2628. Retrieved 10 July 2010.  ^ Cohen, Nick (15 March 2009). "It's little wonder liberal Muslims feel betrayed". Guardian. The Observer. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/mar/15/islam-britain-jamaat-labour-extremists.  ^ "Fact-checking Nick Cohen". Next Left. 17 March 2009. http://www.nextleft.org/2009/03/fact-checking-nick-cohen.html.  ^ Shortlist Debate 2009 - Part 2: Nick Cohen at YouTube ^ So Proud to be Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize ^ Martin Bright "Nick Cohen, George Orwell and Me" External links Cohen's work Nick Cohen's website Cohen, Nick (2000). Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous. Verso Books. ISBN 1-85984-288-7 Cohen, Nick (2003). Pretty Straight Guys. paperback edition: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-22004-5 Cohen, Nick (2007). What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way. Fourth Estate. ISBN 0-007-22969-0 Cohen, Nick (2009). Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England. Fourth Estate. ISBN 0-007-30892-2 Other Shire Network News podcast interview Nick Cohen is interviewed by Tom Paine 3 July 2007 Nick Cohen interview 1 Nick Cohen on Little Atoms Radio Show 20 January 2006. Nick Cohen interview 2 Nick Cohen on Little Atoms Radio Show 16 February 2007. Criticisms In the name of decency: the contortions of the pro-war left Richard Seymour International Socialism, Winter 2006/2007 "Nasty Nick Cohen’s attack fails to hit his targets" Ian Birchall's review of What's left? in Socialist Worker online, 24 February 2007 What's Left? - not Nick Cohen!, Peter Taaffe's review of What's left?, The Socialist, 8 March 2007 What's Left of Cohen Stuart Abercrombie's review of What's Left? UK Watch Taking Nick Cohen Seriously Tim Holmes' review of What's Left? UK Watch Persondata Name Cohen, Nick Alternative names Short description Date of birth Place of birth Date of death Place of death