Brendan O'Neill

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

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…

Defending Mitchell

6 February 2016 9:00 am

What’s worse: getting so off your nut on booze that you somehow find yourself dry-humping a dog for two seconds,…

Boomerphobia

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Everyone hates a granny-basher. What is more morally warped than accosting a little old lady as she does her weekly…

The new wowserism

5 September 2015 9:00 am

The first time I darkened the shores of Oz, in 2011, I was delighted to discover that the clichés I’d…

Aping racism

22 August 2015 9:00 am

There has been a dark, delicious irony to the commentariat’s crying over the booing of Adam Goodes. These mostly white,…

The brave thing now: don’t write about your death

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Not content with Facebooking our every foible, Instagramming the births of our children and live-tweeting our daily lives, more and…

Clash of the gay-marriage glory-hunters

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Do you need a moral makeover? Maybe you’re the leader of a clapped-out political party whose public image desperately needs…

Sex, lies and, er, rape

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Wait — it’s now a crime to fib your way into bed with someone? That is the take-home message of…

An A-to-Z guide to the new PC

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Anyone who thought political correctness had croaked, joining neon leg warmers, mullets and MC Hammer in the graveyard of bad…

Gay marriage and the death of freedom

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Has there ever been a sweeter-sounding, more goosebump-inducing phrase than ‘Freedom to marry’? Everyone likes freedom (even illiberal politicians pay…

Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Don’t be a Stepford student — subscribe to The Spectator’s print and digital bundle for just £22 for 22 weeks.  Have…

Now it’s the tranny-state

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Why are trannies so touchy? So touchy that even that use of the word ‘tranny’ – which, yes, is designed…

Students - bunk off your sex classes and learn on the job

27 September 2014 9:00 am

The freshers heading off to university this month won’t only be bombarded with invites to join clubs and enough free…

The biggest civil liberties outrage you've never heard of

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Imagine you bought a ticket for the opera and then a copper told you how you may travel to the…

A dark day for Australia

9 August 2014 9:00 am

In caving into censorious chattering-class pressure and ditching its plans to reform Section 18C, the Federal government has failed its…

Welcome to the age of self-love

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Remember when masturbation was something everybody did but no one talked about? It was not most people’s idea of a…

Just another witch hunt

28 June 2014 9:00 am

One of the most admirable things about Australia is that no witches were ever burnt here. As Nick Cater has…

Diary

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I knew from reading his book that Bob Carr was colossally vain. But still I’m stunned when, 90 seconds before…

In praise of Big Coal

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Why are so many Australians so sniffy about the coal industry? Everywhere I go I meet someone who has a…

A culture war on whaling

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It’s official: no one is safe from the killjoyism of Australia’s green-leaning chattering classes. If you thought the only people…

Please stop trying to raise my awareness

29 March 2014 9:00 am

I wish people would stop trying to raise my awareness. I can’t so much as surf the web or stroll…

Israelis don’t care that we hate them. But they’d like to know why

15 March 2014 9:00 am

 Jerusalem   Talking to Israelis feels a bit like talking to fans of Millwall FC. ‘No one likes us, we…