Brendan O'Neill

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


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…

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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…

The actor Michael Sheen

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…

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‘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…

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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’:…

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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…

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Campaigns In Canton, Ohio

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…


The tough fight for democracy has begun

3 November 2016 15:06

This week, national treasure David Attenborough joined the post-Brexit pile-on of the plebs. Should the little people really be trusted to…

Louis Smith and Daley Thompson Visit Huntingdon Gymnastics Club To Inspire The Nation To Join In Local Sports

Je suis Louis Smith: why we must be free to mock Islam

1 November 2016 16:41

If you thought the public shaming and punishment of people for ridiculing religion was a thing of the past —…

Morrissey is right – Brexit really is magnificent

29 October 2016 10:00

Being an out-and-proud Brexiteer, someone who would go to the barricades for Brexit, someone who might even take a bullet…

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, has been criticised for supporting Donald Trump

Donald Trump and the shallow limit of Silicon Valley’s tolerance

27 October 2016 8:30

How long before Silicon Valley drags its nerdy workers one by one into a dark room and demands of them:…

We must have the freedom to mock Islam

11 October 2016 14:25

How did mocking Islam become the great speechcrime of our times? Louis Smith, the gymnast, is the latest to fall…


Arise, Sir Snob Geldof

30 September 2016 13:06

Brexit, they say, has emboldened the hateful. It has given people permission to spout their prejudices, to pollute public life…


If archaeology students can’t cope with ‘scary bones’, they really are doomed

26 September 2016 17:16

Just when you thought the trigger-warning trend on campus couldn’t get any more bonkers it’s reported that archaeology students are…