Nicholas Cohen (born 1961) is a British journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator and a writer for Standpoint magazine. Born in Stockport and raised in Manchester, Cohen studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University before entering journalism.
Cohen at the public launch of the Euston Manifesto in 2006
1961 (age 57–58)
Cohen began his career at the Sutton Coldfield News, before moving to The Birmingham Post, later becoming a contributor to The Independent and The Observer in 1996, where his first story was on 'a seemingly dreary new feature about zero tolerance of crime in the United States, which offered few opportunities to impress my new employers.' Cohen drew a reputation as the scourge of Tony Blair, who once stated that "if I listened to Nick Cohen I would never win an election", and of Andrew Adonis, who was at the time a Downing Street policy adviser, and said that "no one is better at getting under the Government's skin".
He was many years a critic of Tony Blair's foreign policy.
He began modifying his views after 2001, advocating the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and becoming a critic of the Stop the War Coalition. In 2006, he was a leading signatory to the Euston Manifesto, which proposed what it termed "a new political alignment", in which the left would take a stronger stance in favour of military intervention and against what the signatories deemed to be anti-American attitudes. He supported the NATO-led intervention in Libya to oust former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In 2012, he called for Western military intervention in the Syrian Civil War.
Cohen is a columnist for The Observer and Standpoint and a regular contributor to The Spectator. He has also written for Time, the Independent on Sunday, the London Review of Books, the London Evening Standard, the New Statesman and The New European.
He has written five 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), a critique of the contemporary liberal left, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize; Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England (2009) and You Can't Read this Book (2012), which deals with censorship.
Cohen lives in Islington with his wife and their son. He is an atheist and is only Jewish on his father's side but says he is becoming "more Jewish". He is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.
- 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 the Left Lost Its Way. Fourth Estate. ISBN 0-00-722969-0
- Cohen, Nick (2009). Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England. Fourth Estate. ISBN 0-00-730892-2
- Cohen, Nick (2012). You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0007308903
- "Nick Cohen". Presseurop. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Nick Cohen Waiting for the Etonians, p. 23
Cohen, Nick (20 November 2000). "The Holocaust as show business". The New Statesman. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
To the successors of the “Zionism is fascism” crowd of the Seventies (it isn’t, incidentally, it’s colonialism), the Holocaust and reaction sit comfortably together.
- Cohen, Nick (2003). "Pretty Straight Guys". Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-22004-5.
- Nick Cohen (14 January 2003). "The Left betrays the Iraqi people by opposing war". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Nick Cohen (16 February 2003). "The Left isn't listening". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Nick Cohen (7 April 2003). "Strange bedfellows". New Statesman. London.
- "The Euston Manifesto". eustonmanifesto.org. 11 September 2001. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- "EU support for Arab rebels is shamefully late". The Guardian. 13 March 2011.
- Nick Cohen (1 January 2012)."The west has a duty to intervene in Syria". The Guardian. London.
- "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories". The Guardian. London. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- "Oppressive states such as Ecuador crush the web's power". The Guardian. 6 September 2015.
- Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous – Nick Cohen – Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Pretty Straight Guys. books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- What's Left?: How the Left Lost Its Way. books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "2008 Book Prize Short List", The Orwell Prize
- "Biography" Archived 6 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine, nickcohen.net.
- Cohen, Nick. "Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England by Nick Cohen". Harpercollins.com.au. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "You Can't Read This Book : Nick Cohen". HarperCollins. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "Law without Order", New Statesman 2004, 'Waiting for the Etonians' p. 99
- Nick Cohen (12 February 2009). "Hatred is turning me into a Jew". The Jewish Chronicle. London.
- "National Secular Society Honorary Associates". National Secular Society. Retrieved 26 August 2019.