Nick Cohen

Nick Cohen is an eloquent supporter of secularism and regularly takes a swipe at the growing number of church-run schools and the Left's tendency to pander to religious fundamentalists. He was one of the key-note speakers at the Secular Conference in 2011.

He is an Observer columnist and author of many books, including Cruel Britannia, Pretty Straight Guys: The Strange Death Of Labour England. The Orwell Prize for political writing shortlisted What's Left? in 2008.

In 2009 he published Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England and his latest book is on freedom of expression You Can't Read This Book (2012).