Brendan O'Neill

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

Why do those who abuse Priti Patel get a free pass?

15 July 2021 6:40 am

Remember when Labour MP Clive Lewis got into trouble for saying, ‘On your knees, bitch’? It was at a fringe…

Cancelling To Kill a Mockingbird is a step too far

7 July 2021 9:31 pm

It often feels like we’re living through the revenge of the talentless. Cancel culture is essentially a war of no-marks…

Oxfam’s strange obsession with ‘whiteness’

1 July 2021 8:47 am

Remember when it was considered wrong for workplaces to harangue their employees about their racial origins? Ah, those were the…

Oxford, 'sensitivity readers' and the trouble with safe spaces

22 June 2021 8:52 am

The list of things that students must apparently be protected from grows longer every day. Controversial speakers, rude comedians, sombreros…

Are England fans allowed to be proud of the St George’s Cross?

19 June 2021 9:01 am

It’s starting to feel like the only flag you can’t fly in England is the England flag. Wave the Pride…

Stonewall’s dystopian attacks on gendered language

5 June 2021 10:35 am

Today brings yet more proof that Liz Truss is dead right to want to withdraw government departments from Stonewall’s Diversity…

Batley Grammar and the triumph of the mob

28 May 2021 12:08 am

Here’s the depressing truth about the Batley Grammar controversy: the mob has won. Angry protesters who gathered at the school…

In praise of the Batley binmen

24 May 2021 9:00 pm

If you need someone to support your right to freedom of speech, forget the teaching unions. Don’t look to the…

What's the real reason so many people hate Israel?

20 May 2021 4:00 pm

Did you know that for the past three weeks Turkey has been engaged in a military assault on Iraqi Kurdistan?…

No wonder viewers are boycotting the Oscars

27 April 2021 9:54 pm

The Oscars are in trouble. People are switching off in their millions. A paltry 9.85m Americans tuned in to the…

The two elites squeezing the life out of football

21 April 2021 9:00 am

So, all of a sudden the chattering classes care about football fans? Yesterday, the kind of people who usually wring…

The twisted logic of Shamima Begum's defenders

16 March 2021 4:29 am

Shamima Begum is back in the news. Firstly because she’s had a makeover. She can be seen on the front…

The elitism lurking at the heart of the green movement

10 February 2021 11:32 pm

There’s a movement in the UK that is trying to block the building of essential new council housing. It is…

No, Spike Lee: Donald Trump is not like Hitler

26 January 2021 2:48 am

I wish people would stop comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Not because I’m worried about Trump’s feelings — he’s…

Eddie Izzard and the denigration of women

23 December 2020 1:49 am

I’m done with being white. It’s boring. From now on I choose to identify as black and I insist that…

The pathetic censorship of ‘Fairytale of New York’

19 November 2020 10:33 pm

There’s a surefire way to tell Christmas has arrived. Forget the Oxford Street lights. Forget the sudden appearance of stacks…

Prince Harry needs to stop lecturing us

28 October 2020 1:20 am

Prince Harry has seen the light. His awokening is complete. Earlier this week, in a video chat hosted by GQ…

The collapse of the Cambridge Analytica conspiracy theory

9 October 2020 4:50 am

So there you have it. Cambridge Analytica was ‘not involved’ in the 2016 EU referendum. The digital marketing firm that…

The Oscars' woke McCarthyism is a step too far

10 September 2020 1:52 am

Normally the best response to political correctness at the Oscars is to laugh at it. Whether it’s Lady Gaga singing…

Spare us Ben & Jerry’s lecture on the Channel migrant crisis

12 August 2020 9:49 pm

Multi-millionaire virtue-signallers Ben and Jerry are at it again. Once again the ice-cream capitalists are doing their woke schtick in…

Can we finally put the Russia-Brexit conspiracy to bed?

21 July 2020 10:20 pm

So there you go. There is still no hard evidence that Russia interfered in the EU referendum. What’s more, it…

What's up with Banksy's mask propaganda?

15 July 2020 9:01 pm

Is Banksy a Tory propagandist now? His latest juvenile stunt suggests he might be. On the day the government announced…

Keir Starmer’s bizarre Black Lives Matter re-education

7 July 2020 12:06 am

So now we know what happens if you criticise Black Lives Matter. You’ll be packed off for re-education. You will…

The madness of censoring shows like Little Britain

11 June 2020 2:37 am

Cancel culture is out of control. Over the past 24 hours Little Britain, The League of Gentlemen and Chris Lilley’s brilliant…

The double standards of the London protestors

2 June 2020 8:12 pm

So now we know. All the things said about Dominic Cummings – that he shattered the lockdown, that he thinks…