Brendan O'Neill

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Brendan O'Neill is associated with the libertarian anti-environmental LM network. In particular, he has written for LM magazine and Rising East, is editor of internet magazine Spiked, co-founded the anti-regulatory Manifesto Club and has spoken at the Battle of Ideas, the Brighton Salon, Leeds Salon and Manchester Salon.

O’Neill grew up in North London as one of five brothers, the eldest being Michael. Like Claire Fox and Fiona Fox, he is a child of Catholic Irish immigrants, in this case from Galway. He attended Catholic schools throughout his education, including St James Catholic High School in Colindale, Barnet, based in a Dominican convent. [1] [2]

He commenced his career in journalism in 1997 at Living Marxism and then LM when it was retitled after the Revolutionary Communist Party was dissolved, until the magazine was forced to close in 2000 after losing a libel trial.[3] [4] He then wrote for its successor Spiked from its foundation in 2000, until in 2007 he took over as editor from founding editor Mick Hume.

As one would expect, his writing is entirely consistent with the LM network’s extreme libertarian and anti-environmental views. While claiming to be an atheist, he regularly defends the Catholic Church from attack.

From Jan 2011, he wrote a regular blog for the Telegraph.[5] Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the Guardian.

From the Battle of Ideas biography:[6]

"Brendan O’Neill is the editor of spiked and author of the green satire Can I Recycle My Granny and 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2008. He started his career in journalism at spiked‘s predecessor, Living Marxism, then its successor LM, until it was forced to close in 2000 following a notorious libel action brought by ITN. When he’s not writing for and editing spiked, and commissioning journalists who have something to say and the guts to say it, O’Neill writes widely for publications on both sides of the Atlantic. His journalism has been published in the New Statesman, the Spectator, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, the British Journalism Review, the Press Gazette and the Catholic Herald in Britain, and in Salon, Slate, the Chicago Sun-Times, the American Prospect, the American Conservative and Reason magazine in the United States. He is also a feature-writer for the Christian Science Monitor in America and for the BBC in Britain.
O’Neill has also been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows in Britain, Ireland and America, including on BBC radio and TV, Sky News, Channel 4 News and The Last Word on More4; The Big Bite on RTE television in Ireland and Talk Radio in Dublin; and on the Heartland show on Fox News and International Correspondents on CNN, and radio stations in New York, San Francisco, Colorado, Wisconsin and Washington, DC. He has given talks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Oxford Literary Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Battle of Ideas at the Royal College of Art. He was depicted in the play An Explosion, which explored the meaning of terrorism, at the Battersea Arts Centre in London in 2006 (O’Neill was played by actor Jim Pyke). O’Neill also founded and taught the Online Journalism course at the University College for the Creative Arts in Surrey, England."

In April 2014 O'Neill was spending one month in Australia as the first 'Scholar-in-residence' at the Centre for Independent Studies, lecturing, writing and working on its projects. [7]

In October 2014 he gave the keynote speech at the fifth annual student conference of right-wing pro-Israel lobby group StandWithUs UK.[8]

'Islamophobia is a myth'

In his role as editor of Spiked Online O'Neill has written: 'Islamaphobia is a myth. Sure, some folks in Europe and elsewhere no doubt dislike Muslims, just as other losers hate the Irish or blacks or women. But the idea that there is a climate of Islamaphobia, a culture of hot-headed, violent-minded hatred for Muslims, that could be awoken and unleashed by the next terror attack, is an invention.'[9]




  • From Bosnia to Beslan, Pluto Press May 28 2006
  • Can I Recycle My Granny and 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas, Hodder & Stoughton, 2008 (as Ethan Greenhart)

Popular press, magazines articles and web publications


















a pity-for-Osama lobby'], Spiked, 6 May 2011.








Blog "Freedom Rules"
Personal website "Brendan O'Neill"


Dale, Iain and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown "Crosstalk video interview"
Datoo, Siraj, "Interview", "The Student Journals", 27 October 2010
Greenstein, Tony, "Spiked by Spiked", Socialist Unity, 13 March 2009
Hari, Johann, "Who do we vote for now
Klinger, Max, "Interview", "Varsity, 5 February 2011
Little Atoms, "Video interviews 2006 & 2007
Alex Lockwood Five reasons Brendan O'Neill is wrong website 15 July 2008
Andrew Newman More on the intellectual laziness of the RCP Socialist Unity website 10 March 2007
Simister, Vicky, "What not to say", Humanist Life, 17 Sep 2010


  1. The plane truth The Spectator, 4 Feb 2006
  2. The weird fashion for bashing faith schools Spiked, 23 August 2010
  3. His first article seems to have been: Brendan O'Neill, 'Divided loyalists in Ireland', Living Marxism, No. 80 - June, p. 31.
  4. Last Magazine Marxism-Thaxis, 22 June 2000
  5. Brendan O'Neill, "The Telegraph" acc 11 Mar 2011
  6. Battle of Ideas 2010 festival biography (Accessed: 12 Mar 2011)
  7. Brendan O'Neill, Brendan O'Neill on the Racial Discrimination Act and freedom of speech, Radio National, 15 April 2014, acc 18 April 2014
  8. Student Conference, StandWithUs UK, accessed 10 October 2014
  9. Peter Oborne, After Finsbury: Time for the UK's right-wing press to address its Islamophobia, Middle East Eye, 14 July 2017, accessed 24 January 2018
  10. About forth, forth website, acc 19 Apr 2010