Nick Cohen

Nick Cohen

Russell T. Davies’s banal sanitisation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is typical of modern censorship

In attacking the BBC, the Right is apeing outdated Marxist thinking rather than searching for the truth

The oppressed are not always virtuous. The sooner the Left realises its mistake the better

As the BBC version of The Night Manager shows, the novelist has become his own tribute band

The migration crisis and a fear of the far-Right has driven many on the Left to abandon equality before the law in favour of ‘noble lies’

Universities are misselling careers in ‘industries’ that have no jobs to offer. How long before the scandal breaks?

Most of the rules enforced by pedants are pointless or outdated. But here are a few that may be useful

Liberalism is a two-faced creed. It can mean that you believe in individual freedom and abhor every variety of prejudice, including the prejudice that allows men to shoot journalists dead for producing a magazine they disapprove of.  Or it can mean that you go to such lengths to take account of your enemy’s opinions you become indistinguishable from him.

Direct funding, not tax breaks to be exploited by accountants, is the best way for government to help the arts

Now a play about Islamic State has been cancelled, we can’t question its director’s dubious assumptions