About Writing from London

There are millions of people who reject right-wing authoritarian populism and the left’s insistence on ideological conformism.

This newsletter is for them.

Although it will cover global themes, its focus will be on the UK. My country is both a warning to others and a morbid case study of what happens when loud-mouthed charlatans run riot.

It’s for people who reject tribalism, who bristle when those in political and cultural authority tell others to avoid contentious subjects for the sake of keeping in with their peers.

Every week I will put up new pieces. There will also be interviews, reviews and podcasts.

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I know that we are in hard times, but if you can afford to contribute, please think about subscribing. I don’t quite know yet what the balance between paid and free content will be. I will keep content outside the paywall. But some content will be for readers with paid subscriptions. If you subscribe, not only will you keep me writing, but you will allow me to provide free pieces to those who cannot pay. With luck I hope to move on and make enough to hire interesting writers to contribute guest slots.

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About Nick Cohen

Nick is a journalist and author of What’s Left, ­­ which predicted the rise of Corbynism, and You Can’t Read This Book,  a defence of freedom of expression.

He has worked as a columnist on the Observer, and written for the Spectator, Standpoint, Prospect and many other magazines. In 2015, the year before the Brexit referendum, his articles on Nigel Farage won the European Press Prize. The judges said they “enjoyed Cohen’s zest, rhetoric and clear determination to tackle his targets straight on. This is opinion writing in a classic tradition.”

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Journalist and commentator from the UK