Brendan O'Neill

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

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…

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…