Danyl Mclauchlan

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

Politics
Oct 20, 2018

The uniquely damaging betrayals of Jami-Lee Ross

The Jami-Lee Ross saga is the most damaging betrayal in New Zealand's political history. Danyl Mclauchlan explains why.

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Politics
Oct 15, 2018

One little leak has plunged Simon Bridges into a deep political nightmare

Political leaders and their advisers know that the kind of disunity evidenced by the Jami-Lee Ross attacks is uniquely toxic with the public

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Politics
Oct 11, 2018

Step one: accept people don't, and may never, give a toss about climate change

The political process is not working, the public doesn’t care and may never do so

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Politics
Oct 8, 2018

The next few weeks may decide the fate of Simon Bridges

Is Simon Bridges working out as National leader?

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Politics
Oct 2, 2018

Whistling on migration yet leaving migration high: what’s Winston playing at?

It is useful for NZ First to race-bait by grandstanding about immigration but never useful to ever do anything about the issue, reckons Danyl Mclauchlan

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Books
Sep 27, 2018

Book of the Week: Danyl Mclauchlan on Yuval Noah Harari

Danyl Mclauchlan examines Yuval Noah Harari's latest attempt to explain the world.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2018

The dumbfounding nastiness of Simon Bridges’ ‘meth crooks’ remarks

The National position on compensation over the meth contamination scare is incompatible with the party's values, and reeks of weak and desperate leadership

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Politics
Sep 20, 2018

There’s a solution to the great NZ tax rort. But Cullen’s group can’t touch it

The Tax Working Group’s first report cautiously backs a capital gains tax, but has been stymied from the start in addressing a massive and inequitable loophole

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Politics
Sep 13, 2018

Jacinda and the Winston dilemma: do nothing or take the nuclear option

Not for the first time, NZ First has scuppered government plans – and the party's leader keeps proving he has all the leverage.

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Politics
Sep 10, 2018

Here’s what the NY Times didn’t tell you about life in Jacinda Ardern’s New Zealand

Following the another hard-hitting exposé on Jacinda Ardern in the international media, Danyl Mclauchlan reports that life isn't all trips down the road or chasing ducks in the park with her ragtag bunch of mischievous friends.

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Books
Sep 5, 2018

Lies, damned lies, and Book Council data: a strange new survey on NZ’s reading habits

The dear old Book Council has released its annual survey of New Zealand reading habits, and claims that on average we read 35 books a year. 35! Danyl Mclauchlan asks what the devil is going on.

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Politics
Aug 28, 2018

Chelsea Manning and the limits of free speech absolutism

The upcoming visit of the US intelligence whistleblower appears to have some on the right reassessing their commitment to free speech and open debate. How quickly they forget.

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Objectspace
Aug 15, 2018

The Single Object: the water fountain that measures money

In the second part of our series about forgotten objects with outsize influence on New Zealand history, Danyl Mclauchlan visits the Reserve Bank to inspect Bill Phillip's MONIAC.

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Society
Aug 10, 2018

Paradox, utopia and Don Brash: on liberalism and free speech

The idea of liberalism has been thrust to the fore amid debates over free speech. Yet the biggest threat to liberalism may be the failure of elites to make its systems work for the rest of us

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Politics
Aug 3, 2018

A year on, why Jacinda Ardern was the right leader at the right time

Likability was the catalyst that made new government possible, and it's hard to sympathise with National's recently discovered attachment to the importance of substance, writes Danyl Mclauchlan

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Society
Jul 18, 2018

The Wellington bus network is melting down and commuters are losing their shit

This school holiday Danyl Mclauchlan caught the bus to the Wellington Zoo. It was not fun.

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Society
Jul 10, 2018

A ferocious debate between three implacable enemies about free speech

Danyl Mclauchlan sits down with Danyl Mclauchlan and Danyl Mclauchlan to debate the free speech issue.

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Society
Jul 9, 2018

Forgive us, O Whale, release us from your cursed tempest

The burghers of Wellington have been lashed by storms, almost certainly because the whale is angry about something. How might they seek absolution?

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Books
Jul 5, 2018

Did Bob Jones create the housing crisis? Revisiting his 1977 bestseller

Danyl Mclauchlan reads the 1977 Bob Jones on Property, and wonders about the role it played in creating today's housing market.

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Politics
Jun 13, 2018

Why it’s getting hard to see Ardern’s government lasting past 2020

Given recent tumult, the prime minister's parental leave is a risk  – but also an opportunity.

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Politics
Jun 5, 2018

National announces benefit concert to aid those failed by the last government

The impact of the last government is being felt across NZ. At last there will be a reckoning.

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Politics
May 24, 2018

How the Bennett vs Mallard standoff exposes a paradox at the heart of politics

The scrap between National and the speaker is an example of the Nash Equilibrium, and points to an altogether deeper sorrow and madness

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Politics
May 4, 2018

Seven ways of looking at the Clarke Gayford rumours

National-aligned smear campaign? Idiot Aucklanders? How to explain the way the story exploded ...

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Politics
May 2, 2018

Judith Collins is right: Jacinda Arden is an inveterate virtue-signaller

The country is changing. And in contrasting herself from her predecessor and advocating for this change, the PM is wielding her awesome and terrible powers of virtue-signalling.

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Media
Apr 23, 2018

Breaking news: Clarke Gayford reputation rocked by Herald allegations

Claims in Deborah Hill Cone column cast doubt on the prime minister and her squeeze, who stands accused of being cringey and having a name ending with the letter ‘e’. Danyl Mclauchlan digs deeper

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Business
Apr 12, 2018

Count me out on the tax-love bandwagon

Even if you admire the ends, the who and what of tax is pretty loathsome, argues Danyl Mclachlan

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