Brendan O'Neill

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

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…

What the fury about Cummings's road trip is really about

30 May 2020 2:06 am

Is Durhamgate over now? It must be. Surely. With a simmering revolt in Hong Kong, riots in Minneapolis, heightened border…

What's more disturbing: Cummings' behaviour - or the mob pursuing him?

25 May 2020 1:00 am

The Dominic Cummings story is deeply disturbing. No, not the fact that Cummings and his wife, Mary Wakefield, took what…

Liberate London from lockdown now

21 May 2020 11:30 pm

I know good news is not allowed in coronavirus Britain. Instead we’re all meant to cower before the death stats,…

Why Boris bashers like Jacinda Ardern

8 May 2020 4:21 pm

I’m starting to wonder if the people who unfavourably compare Britain’s Covid experience with New Zealand’s are being wilfully stupid.…

The ridiculousness of the bookshelf police

5 May 2020 12:15 am

‘People want to know why Michael Gove owns “racist” and “anti-Semitic” books’, reports the Independent’s website. By ‘people’ it actually…

In praise of old white men

30 April 2020 10:58 pm

Remember when it was fashionable to hate old white men? Of course you do. It was only a few weeks…

The ‘Protect the NHS’ message has become dangerously effective

23 April 2020 12:20 am

There was an interesting moment at the government’s daily Covid-19 press briefing a couple of weeks ago. Angela McLean, the…

5G conspiracy theories didn't come out of the blue

14 April 2020 11:51 pm

There’s a dark irony to the scorn being poured on 5G conspiracy theorists right now. Which is that a lot…

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…