Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the sickbed of Liberal England

The political trajectory of Nick Cohen is well known, especially to the readers of
this journal. Attaining prominence as a columnist for the Observer and the New
Statesman, he moved from being an unrelenting critic of Blairism and New Labour
to a leading light of the ‘pro-war left’ and the scourge of anyone in the ‘liberal
intelligentsia’ who would not stand up for enlightenment values against the threat
from Islamic and other fundamentalisms. His 2006 book, What’s Left made quite
an impact and more friends on the right than the left. That was unsurprising given
that the answer to his question in those pages was ‘not much,’ other than himself
and others who had alighted at the Euston and equivalent stations.

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