About Brendan ONeill

Brendan O'Neill is editor of spiked in London (www.spiked-online.com). He is a regular contributor to the BBC, the Guardian, and the Christian Science Monitor, and his journalism has also been published by the Sunday Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, Slate, Salon, Reason, and the British Journalism Review, among many other publications. His personal website is http://www.brendanoneill.net/.

Let Them Listen to the Kooks: How The UK Government Took Over British Music, and Destroyed It

By March 17, 2008

The United Nations has decreed that British pop stars are bad role models. Last week the UN’s anti-drugs chief attacked “coke-snorting fashionistas” like Amy Winehouse, whose nasal habits are apparently causing “untold misery, corruption, violence and instability” in Third World … Read More

Heath Ledger: Macho Man

By February 6, 2008

The tragic death of Heath Ledger — just determined to be an overdose — has robbed Hollywood of one of its Australian stand-ins for American machismo. Never mind the trade deficit, or even Barack Obama's "moral deficit"; Hollywood is suffering … Read More

Make Me a Muslim!

By December 19, 2007

We have some mad makeover shows in Britain. In You Are What You Eat, "Dr" Gillian McKeith moves in with a morbidly obese couple, pokes around in their poo (literally), and tells them that if they don't stop scoffing chips … Read More

The Left Must Defend David Irving’s Right to Free Speech

By November 26, 2007

As I write, Nick Griffin, leader of the far-right British National Party, and David Irving, Holocaust denier-in-chief, are preparing to speak to 500-odd smartly-dressed students and a pack of hacks at the Oxford Union Debating Society. The OU's decision to … Read More