Brendan O'Neill

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

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…

The collapse of the Cambridge Analytica conspiracy theory

9 October 2020 4:50 am

So there you have it. Cambridge Analytica was ‘not involved’ in the 2016 EU referendum. The digital marketing firm that…

The Oscars' woke McCarthyism is a step too far

10 September 2020 1:52 am

Normally the best response to political correctness at the Oscars is to laugh at it. Whether it’s Lady Gaga singing…

Spare us Ben & Jerry’s lecture on the Channel migrant crisis

12 August 2020 9:49 pm

Multi-millionaire virtue-signallers Ben and Jerry are at it again. Once again the ice-cream capitalists are doing their woke schtick in…

Can we finally put the Russia-Brexit conspiracy to bed?

21 July 2020 10:20 pm

So there you go. There is still no hard evidence that Russia interfered in the EU referendum. What’s more, it…

What's up with Banksy's mask propaganda?

15 July 2020 9:01 pm

Is Banksy a Tory propagandist now? His latest juvenile stunt suggests he might be. On the day the government announced…

Keir Starmer’s bizarre Black Lives Matter re-education

7 July 2020 12:06 am

So now we know what happens if you criticise Black Lives Matter. You’ll be packed off for re-education. You will…

The madness of censoring shows like Little Britain

11 June 2020 2:37 am

Cancel culture is out of control. Over the past 24 hours Little Britain, The League of Gentlemen and Chris Lilley’s brilliant…

The double standards of the London protestors

2 June 2020 8:12 pm

So now we know. All the things said about Dominic Cummings – that he shattered the lockdown, that he thinks…

What the fury about Cummings's road trip is really about

30 May 2020 2:06 am

Is Durhamgate over now? It must be. Surely. With a simmering revolt in Hong Kong, riots in Minneapolis, heightened border…

What's more disturbing: Cummings' behaviour - or the mob pursuing him?

25 May 2020 1:00 am

The Dominic Cummings story is deeply disturbing. No, not the fact that Cummings and his wife, Mary Wakefield, took what…

Liberate London from lockdown now

21 May 2020 11:30 pm

I know good news is not allowed in coronavirus Britain. Instead we’re all meant to cower before the death stats,…

Why Boris bashers like Jacinda Ardern

8 May 2020 4:21 pm

I’m starting to wonder if the people who unfavourably compare Britain’s Covid experience with New Zealand’s are being wilfully stupid.…

The ridiculousness of the bookshelf police

5 May 2020 12:15 am

‘People want to know why Michael Gove owns “racist” and “anti-Semitic” books’, reports the Independent’s website. By ‘people’ it actually…

In praise of old white men

30 April 2020 10:58 pm

Remember when it was fashionable to hate old white men? Of course you do. It was only a few weeks…

The ‘Protect the NHS’ message has become dangerously effective

23 April 2020 12:20 am

There was an interesting moment at the government’s daily Covid-19 press briefing a couple of weeks ago. Angela McLean, the…

5G conspiracy theories didn't come out of the blue

14 April 2020 11:51 pm

There’s a dark irony to the scorn being poured on 5G conspiracy theorists right now. Which is that a lot…

Yes, we need experts. But let's not politicise expertise

31 March 2020 8:34 pm

For some people, it isn’t enough that we have locked down our daily lives. They want us to lock down…