Danyl Mclauchlan

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

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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Politics
Jul 2, 2020

The Winston Peters paradox

Unfortunately for NZ First, the evidence suggests the approach isn't working: they’re undermining their own government for no gain.

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Society
Jun 24, 2020

Six minutes of sunshine

It's a grim time of year in Wellington, but not only the bleak weather is to blame, writes Danyl Mclauchlan. 

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Books
May 24, 2020

Harry Potter for political nerds: The Mirror & the Light, reviewed

The acclaimed Thomas Cromwell trilogy winds up with a blinder.

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Politics
May 23, 2020

National voters were ready to fall in love. But they couldn’t love Simon Bridges

Charismatic leadership has historically been less important to voters on the right. But when the country was thrown into crisis the old rules suddenly no longer applied.

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Society
May 12, 2020

A modest defence of the coronavirus contrarians

Yes they're annoying and mostly wrong, but don't be so quick to completely dismiss the Covid sceptics.

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Society
Apr 26, 2020

Good news, bad omens: Thinking about New Zealand identity in strange times

Will the pandemic – and this nation's remarkable success addressing it – change how we feel about being a New Zealander?

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Books
Apr 18, 2020

Are you ready for radical change? Really?

Capital and Ideology is a challenge – a call for radical change – from one of the world's foremost economists.

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Society
Mar 29, 2020

Home life during the cosy catastrophe

On the strange energy of preparing for level four, and the narrow new life which has emerged in the shadow of Covid-19. 

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Politics
Mar 23, 2020

Covid-19: The doctor behind the petition to move to alert level four

Kevin Ward, an urgent primary care physician, is behind a petition urging the government to shift to the highest alert level.

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Politics
Mar 10, 2020

The rot may be so deep we need a wholly new generation of political leaders

The donations scandal looks very different if we see ourselves not as Labour supporters or National voters but as citizens of a country whose politicians are selling us all out

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Society
Feb 20, 2020

On Peter Singer and cancellation

Danyl Mclauchlan makes the case that, despite some of his rightly condemned views, Peter Singer deserves to be heard.

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Politics
Feb 17, 2020

A vacuum in our political system

Winston Peters could once plausibly rail against the self-interest of the establishment. Today that seems laughable, So where are the real critics offering reform?

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Politics
Jan 28, 2020

One simple trick to improve the quality of our politics and our politicians

How does MMP work and how can you make the most of your two ticks? Here's your crucial election year primer.

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Politics
Jan 10, 2020

Please consider paying WAY less attention to US politics this year

Trump is an attention monster. Tame him by going for a walk and leaving your phone at home.

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Books
Dec 22, 2019

The Steve Jobs biography is a monster that won’t stop spawning

Good for the cult of Steve Jobs, bad for humanity. Easily the most influential book of the decade.

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Politics
Dec 18, 2019

In the attention economy, bullshit wins, and you’re helping shovel it along

Shouting about lies from your political adversaries may be the worst option of all.

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Politics
Nov 19, 2019

The NZ First donations scandal is very serious, and won’t let Jacinda Ardern hide

A glance at history suggests the scale of the problem. An early election may yet be on the cards.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2019

The NZ First leaks reveal a furious party fighting back against its leadership

Documents and correspondence dripping out of NZ First paint a picture of a party in turmoil and invite questions about the mysterious foundation which funds it.

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Books
Sep 28, 2019

The book that isn’t banned

Otago University professor James Flynn says the 'banning' of his book by the publisher that rejected it is an attack on free speech. That's an obtuse understanding of what free speech really is, writes Danyl Mclauchlan.

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Politics
Sep 12, 2019

A chance for this Labour-led government to begin to redeem itself

Labour keeps insisting that it isn't the appropriate organisation to investigate sexual assault. OK. But who then is?

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