Brendan O'Neill

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

A great day for British democracy

29 March 2017 12:10

Today is a great day for British democracy. One of the greatest ever, in fact. Tune out Project Fear, with…

The golden rule for Daily Mail hysteria

28 March 2017 15:00

Here’s a cast-iron law of the media in 21st-century Britain: the hysteria about a Daily Mail article will always be…

‘Ultra Brexiteers’: the new menace to polite society

21 March 2017 15:57

For someone who once branded his own Cabinet colleagues ‘bastards’ — and two decades later said he only called them…

Britain’s medieval libel laws should be kept away from Twitter

16 March 2017 13:06

It is testament to the chilling effect of libel law on public discussion that I feel nervous about the sentences…

Jenni Murray isn’t a bigot – she’s a victim of bigotry

7 March 2017 14:49

It’s a curiosity of the 21st century that there is no one quite as bigoted as the person who screams…

The Left’s great Russian conspiracy theory

2 March 2017 17:33

The chattering classes have officially lost it. On both sides of the Atlantic. Of course they’d been teetering on the…

Labour is finished. But you can’t blame it all on Corbyn

24 February 2017 15:01

Even now, even following their historic thrashing in Copeland, Labourites still cannot face the truth. Sure, there are Twitter tears…

Why Labour deserves a crushing defeat in Stoke

23 February 2017 8:52

Never in recent years has a party deserved to lose an election, to be demolished by people’s ballots and fury,…

The Stop Trump protests are the ultimate virtue signal

20 February 2017 16:56

This afternoon, across Britain, the most pro-establishment demo of modern times will take place. Sure, the Stop Trump protesters gathering…

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…