Danyl Mclauchlan

Danyl Mclauchlan is a Wellington based writer and the author of two novels.

Books
Aug 17, 2021
Horrifying image of Simon Bridges' face superimposed on Simba's, in the hakuna matata scene from The Lion King

It means no worries: a revealing interview with Simon 'Simba' Bridges

Simon Bridges is very weird in a way that he totally didn’t communicate to the public when he was opposition leader.

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Books
Aug 10, 2021

Click detectives: the story behind the open source sleuth site Bellingcat

'The whole point of everything I’m doing is that you can still find out what the truth really is.'

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Books
Jul 29, 2021

So Kafkaesque: a search for meaning in story

Richard Dawkins tweeted about Kafka and it sent Danyl McLauchlan hurtling down a very nerdy rabbithole.

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The Sunday Essay
Jul 11, 2021

The Sunday Essay: Spies like us

Twenty-five years after Nicky Hager's book Secret Power, the purpose of our foreign intelligence agencies remains as nebulous as ever

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Books
Jun 19, 2021

A force so powerful we may have learned to talk to be able to do it

Did humans develop language so we could gossip about each other?

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Politics
Jun 8, 2021

What if National’s problem isn’t the leadership, but the cabal?

Don't pin it all on Judith Collins. Successful leaders the world over have powerful lieutenants and key advisers.

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Politics
May 20, 2021

Budget 2021: More ambitious and coherent than anything yet from Ardern and Robertson

The hard part for Labour will now be getting all the pieces of the puzzle into place.

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Politics
May 5, 2021
Books
Apr 14, 2021

Systems control: Introducing a new way of thinking about the climate crisis

What if the apocalypse never comes – or if it comes, but nothing really changes?

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Politics
Mar 23, 2021

Becoming a republic is not the solution to New Zealand’s problems

In 2021, the extra level of stability a constitutional monarchy brings no longer seems superfluous.

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Politics
Mar 16, 2021

The Wellington syndrome

What's gone wrong for the capital city? How much time do you have?

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Books
Mar 7, 2021

Jordan Peterson is back with 12 more rules – and a thing for Harry Potter

Home from Serbia after a wild bout with benzos, anxiety, a movement disorder, and Covid, the doctor bashes out a sequel.

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Politics
Feb 24, 2021

Government launches $950 million fund to help Brent get haircut

Revealed: the 12-family Progressive Home Ownership Scheme is not the government's only hyper-focused new support plan

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Books
Feb 8, 2021

The Prebble adventure: Reading I’ve Been Thinking, a quarter century on

The great promise of neoliberalism: free markets solving problems centrally planned governments could not, bringing better economic results. The great failure of neoliberalism: it didn’t work.

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Books
Jan 19, 2021
Politics
Jan 9, 2021

Ardern pledges to care 9% more by 2030

Some observers are questioning whether there are sufficient Facebook livestreams to support the goal.

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Politics
Dec 8, 2020

Farewell to Astoria, caffeinated Shangri-la of Wellington’s political establishment

After 24 years in business the storied, parliament-adjacent Astoria cafe is to close. Danyl Mclauchlan pays tribute to a hotbed of political intrigue that was ultimately too beautiful for this world.

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Books
Nov 26, 2020

Promises, promises: Barack Obama’s new memoir, reviewed

It's not exactly blue-sky thinking – but it is candid, and completely fascinating.

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Politics
Nov 24, 2020

Ardern pledges to care 9% more by 2030

Some observers are questioning whether there are sufficient Facebook livestreams to support the goal.

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Politics
Oct 18, 2020

Jacinda Ardern and the plan

Last night Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party won a historic victory, changing the shape of NZ politics.

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Politics
Oct 10, 2020

Labour has taken the centre. Is it a trap?

Labour's winning strategy is built on rhetoric that seems to promise real change but never quite delivers. Perhaps soon it can give itself permission to actually do something transformational.

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Politics
Oct 4, 2020

The boxer and the towel: a short history of Winston Peters, politician

The life and times of one of the most compelling and extraordinary characters in New Zealand political history.

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Politics
Aug 14, 2020

The ruthless electoral politics behind National’s Covid conspiracy-baiting

The public hated National’s politicisation of the coronavirus crisis the first time around. So why is the party doubling down on it now?

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Politics
Jul 14, 2020

With National in disarray, who will hold Labour to account?

After Todd Muller's shock resignation, a crushing electoral defeat for National looks all but assured. But is a historically weak opposition really something for the left to celebrate?.

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Politics
Jul 7, 2020

In defence of adversarial politics

Politics shouldn’t be toxic, or misogynistic, or cruel, for the system to be work, nor should it be nice.

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