Brendan O'Neill

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

Yes, we need experts. But let's not politicise expertise

31 March 2020 8:34 pm

For some people, it isn’t enough that we have locked down our daily lives. They want us to lock down…

Derbyshire police should leave those dog walkers alone

27 March 2020 11:24 pm

The vast majority of Brits are behaving sensibly in this Covid-19 lockdown. It’s a shame the same can’t be said…

Boris's pub ban makes this a dark day for Britain

21 March 2020 6:03 am

For surreal moments, this will take some beating: I’m in a pub watching the prime minister announce the closure of…

Youngsters are ill-equipped to cope in this time of coronavirus

18 March 2020 10:36 am

We’re all worried about older people right now. But I’m worried about the young too. I fear they lack the…

Dawn Butler’s transgender madness

19 February 2020 2:08 am

Imagine if a politician went on TV and said ‘The Earth is flat’. Or ‘Man didn’t really land on the…

Ignore the Brexit day party poopers – it’s time to celebrate

1 February 2020 5:03 am

Don’t gloat. Don’t be too triumphalist. Don’t wave your flags too boisterously. Don’t say or do anything that might offend…

The deranged rage against the Brexit 50p coin

28 January 2020 2:43 am

Remoaners are having the mother of all meltdowns. What’s rankled them this time? The Brexit 50p, of course. Yes, they’re…

Why people who hate Brexit love Megxit

11 January 2020 5:00 pm

It is actually fitting that Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the UK is being referred to as Megxit. Because…

Ricky Gervais has given Hollywood the thrashing it richly deserves

7 January 2020 12:11 am

Finally, Hollywood has received the thrashing it so richly deserves. The self-satisfied movie elites have been called out — to…

Labour’s leadership race shows the party has truly lost the plot

4 January 2020 5:30 pm

The Labour party has lost the plot. That is the only explanation for the bizarre, self-destructive antics it has been…

The fall of Labour’s ‘Red Wall’ is a moment to celebrate

13 December 2019 6:26 pm

The ‘red wall’ has fallen. Brick by brick. Almost every bit of it. Seats held by Labour for decades have…

Channel 4’s climate change debate was a sham

30 November 2019 12:24 am

I’ve seen some mad political debates in my time, but none as bonkers as last night’s climate debate on Channel…

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…