Brendan O'Neill

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

A war on drugs? I do hope so

7 December 2021 4:10 am

I’m not going to lie, I let out a little chuckle — maybe even a murmur of approval — when I read…

Covid restrictions have gone on for too long

30 November 2021 5:30 pm

We can’t carry on like this. We can’t keep resurrecting restrictions every time a new Covid variant emerges. We can’t…

The snobbery of Extinction Rebellion’s Amazon blockade

27 November 2021 8:17 am

Every week brings fresh proof of what a bunch of bourgeois snobs Extinction Rebellion are. The latest exhibit is their…

Abolish the Lords!

10 November 2021 5:00 pm

So three million quid gets you a seat in the House of Lords? That’s according to the latest revelations about…

The perverse fantasies of Extinction Rebellion's founder

5 November 2021 6:49 am

If we don’t cut carbon emissions, your mother will be raped. This is the deranged prediction of Roger Hallam, the…

The trouble with 'Angiemania'

29 September 2021 2:39 am

The most annoying thing about Angela Rayner’s branding of the Tories as ‘scum’ was not that it offended some Tories,…

Starmer's shameful silence on the Rosie Duffield trans row

21 September 2021 3:45 pm

One of the most shocking images from the Corbyn years of the Labour party was Luciana Berger flanked by police…

Alex Scott, Digby Jones and the snobbery of low expectations

2 August 2021 11:05 pm

Labour peer Lord Digby Jones has found himself in the eye of a Twitterstorm. His error? He criticised BBC sports…

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…