Brendan O'Neill

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

Brexit was a revolt against snobs like Tony Blair

17 February 2017 13:02

The brass neck of Tony Blair. The Brexit vote was ‘based on imperfect knowledge’, says the man who unleashed barbarism…

The truth behind the Brexit hate crime ‘spike’

15 February 2017 10:21

Britain is in the grip of an epidemic, apparently. An epidemic of hate. New figures, compiled by the Press Association, suggest…

The Trump-fearing, Brexit-loathing set make even Piers Morgan look reasonable

13 February 2017 14:57

I can forgive many of the sins of the Trump-is-Hitler, Brexit-is-Beelzebub lobby. I mean, we all lose the plot occasionally.…

John Bercow consistently voted for the Iraq war. He’s a colossal hypocrite, not a hero

7 February 2017 13:11

The Twitter-cheering for John Bercow, the transformation of him into a Love, Actually-style hero of British middle-class probity against a…

The protests against Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley mark a new low for campus craziness

2 February 2017 13:16

The movement for free speech on campus was born at the University of California, Berkeley in 1964. Last night it…

Anti-Trump hysteria lets others whitewash their own crimes

31 January 2017 11:49

I don’t like Donald Trump. I think his executive order barring travel from certain countries is rash and illiberal. And…

Who are ‘the people’ in these new political times?

24 January 2017 16:25

During the massive, impressive Women’s March in London on Saturday, in which thousands of noisy women, men and children stuck…

Trump! How did this happen?

20 January 2017 15:33

It happened because you banned super-size sodas. And smoking in parks. And offensive ideas on campus. Because you branded people…

Voting ‘leave’ meant leaving the single market – and most voters knew it

19 January 2017 14:32

The angrier, snootier sections of the Remain camp have done many bad things since 23 June. Some have suggested Brexit…

How the Stepford students rekindled racial thinking

17 January 2017 19:09

Many mad things are happening on campuses. Fancy-dress parties are banned lest the costumes offend minority groups. Saucy pop songs…

A maximum wage: Corbyn’s stupidest idea yet

10 January 2017 14:08

Is there nothing Jeremy Corbyn can’t screw up? This week his advisers whispered to the press that their leader was about…

Why are people so terrified of Milo Yiannopoulos’s book?

7 January 2017 8:30

The response to Milo Yiannopoulos getting a big-bucks book deal with Simon & Schuster has been nuts. Even by today’s standards.…

Face it, Labour: you are now a painfully middle-class party

3 January 2017 16:34

Today’s Fabian Society paper on the state of the Labour Party — and what a state it is — has…

The sneering response to Trump’s victory reveals exactly why he won

30 December 2016 12:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 2: Brendan O’Neill’s blog post in…

2016 has been one of the greatest years ever for humanity

30 December 2016 9:25

Nothing better sums up the aloofness of the chattering class, their otherworldliness in fact, than their blathering about 2016 being…

Why Leave voters are my heroes of 2016

23 December 2016 13:55

It’s rare that an opinion poll brings a tear to my eye. But this week one did. It was the…

Just because you disagree with someone, it doesn’t make them a ‘fascist’

20 December 2016 12:46

The worst thing about 2016 — an otherwise bracing year of political upset and oligarchical tears — has been the…

‘White men’: the most dehumanising insult of our times

17 December 2016 9:25

The one good thing about Twitterstorms is that they tend, witlessly, to prove the point of the person they’re hounding.…

‘Putinites on the web’ are the new ‘Reds under the bed’

15 December 2016 8:30

Wounded Remainers in Britain and the Hillary set in the US love banging on about ‘post-truth politics’. Lies are everywhere,…

A Eurosceptic union is forming across Europe

6 December 2016 8:00

Of all the barbs fired at us Brexiteers, the one that’s irritated me most is ‘Little Englander’. The suggestion is…

In defence of Eric Bristow

29 November 2016 17:11

The Twitch-hunters, those antsy, intolerant guardians of what it’s permissible to say on Twitter, have claimed another scalp. Eric Bristow’s.…

Brexit-bashers like Blair and Branson are the real enemies of the people

23 November 2016 11:00

Here’s a tip for judges, businessmen, peers, politicians and former PMs who don’t like being called ‘enemies of the people’:…

Stop Funding Hate: a nasty, elitist campaign for press censorship

16 November 2016 10:04

Intolerance wears a progressive mask in the 21st century. Students hound political undesirables off campus in the name of ‘protecting…

The sneering response to Trump’s victory reveals exactly why he won

9 November 2016 15:06

If you want to know why Trump won, just look at the response to his winning. The lofty contempt for…

In defence of the Daily Mail

8 November 2016 12:15

Who’s more hysterical: the Daily Mail for branding three judges ‘enemies of the people’ or the Dailymailphobes who have spent…