Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill is the editor of Spiked and a columnist for The Australian and The Big Issue.

Let’s be honest about what a second referendum means

22 October 2019 4:30 pm

A second referendum would be a political abomination. And it’s about time more of us said so. We need to…

Lewis Hamilton and the unbearable climate change hypocrites

17 October 2019 2:47 am

By now we’re all used to being lectured by woke hypocritical celebs. But Lewis Hamilton’s suggestion that we all turn…

Extinction Rebellion is a menace

8 October 2019 10:55 pm

It’s tempting to laugh at Extinction Rebellion. I do it myself frequently. Those yoga sessions on Westminster Bridge. The amateur…

Brexit voters do feel betrayed. So why can’t Boris say so?

26 September 2019 9:39 pm

Rarely has there been such a flagrant display of hypocrisy and cant as there was in the House of Commons…

Lib Dems are the real Brexit extremists

16 September 2019 10:04 pm

The Lib Dems are now the most extremist party in the UK. They might not look like extremists, being made…

The rage against Boris

29 August 2019 11:04 pm

This morning, a petition demanding ‘Do not prorogue Parliament’ is doing the rounds. At the time of writing, more than…

How will Hoseasons enforce its ban on ‘homophobes’?

23 August 2019 11:47 pm

Gillette has learned the hard way that if you annoy your customer base, your business will suffer. Ever since it…

Why was a finals student disqualified for criticising halal meat?

20 August 2019 12:12 am

We have to talk about the schoolgirl who was disqualified from a GCSE exam on the grounds that she had…

In praise of the bands that said no to Greta Thunberg

13 August 2019 8:41 pm

My faith in rock music has been temporarily restored. According to the manager of The 1975, the execrable essay/song that…

The curious reaction to a niqab-wearing homophobe

29 July 2019 9:05 pm

Are we allowed to criticise the niqab yet? This question crossed my mind as I watched that viral clip of…

Why we can’t ignore the case of Jessica Yaniv

23 July 2019 1:14 am

In Canada right now, a group of female workers, at least one of whom is a migrant, are coming under…

Why I’m sick of Pride

6 July 2019 4:00 pm

Anyone else sick of the Pride flag? It’s everywhere. It flutters from virtually every building in central London. Town halls…

The shameful hounding of Carrie Symonds

25 June 2019 5:00 am

Who’s really harassing Carrie Symonds? We have no proof that her boyfriend Boris Johnson is. One surreptitiously recorded late-night row…

Britain’s liberals have fallen out of love with democracy

10 April 2019 11:45 pm

Every now and then there is a political moment, some event or comment, that reveals just how much society has…

Jeremy Corbyn has ditched his principles over Brexit

4 April 2019 11:52 pm

Remember when people would say things like, ‘Jeremy Corbyn might talk a lot of nonsense but at least he has…

Don’t call Corbynistas ‘cultural Marxists’

28 March 2019 1:47 am

Suella Braverman, the Conservative MP for Fareham, said yesterday that the radical left is increasingly hostile to open debate and is…

Don’t be fooled by the twee placards at the People’s Vote march

26 March 2019 12:24 am

I’ve had a lot of flak for describing Saturday’s march for a ‘People’s Vote’ as ‘disturbing’. Angry emailers inform me…

Australian notes

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Good trouble I arrive in Australia to feverish talk of a rebellion. There has been a ‘teenage revolt’. A mass…

White fright

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In the freakish universe of identity politics, there’s no creature sadder than the self-hating white person. All it takes for…

LA used to be fun – dope has just made it dull

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Los Angeles stinks. Not just of the usual things: sex, money, suntan oil, hipster food, surfer wax — odours that…

New York notes

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Tantamount to a speechcrime New York is wonderfully offensive. Offensive to nature with its gravity-defying towers. Offensive to the tragic,…

University challenge

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In a few weeks, a new intake of students will arrive, all fresh-faced and excited, at universities around the country.…

Our survey proves just how horrible you are

12 August 2017 9:00 am

This month the Australian Human Rights Commission lied to the nation. And it knows it did.  It told Australians that…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The dream of internet freedom has died. What a dream it was. Twenty years ago, nerdy libertarians hailed the web…

Fallen idol

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Back when she was a sassy feminist, complete with 1970s shag hair and a repartee in man-bashing one-liners, I bet…