Danyl Mclauchlan

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

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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Media
Aug 10, 2019

Farewell to Whaleoil, hate machine of the blogosphere

Cameron Slater’s mendacious, bullshit-ridden site has finally been shut down – and yet, somehow, the grift goes on.

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Books
Aug 8, 2019

From darkness to darkness: the search for the biological basis of mental illness

Psychiatry always thinks it’s on the verge of understanding and curing mental illness, but its real history is a story of torturers and frauds, a new book shows.

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Politics
Jul 24, 2019

Piketty’s Capital comes to the big screen, urging us to make the world less terrible

A new NZ documentary takes Thomas Piketty's blockbuster Capital in the 21st Century from the page to the screen.

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Science
Jul 3, 2019

The real enemy: Why blaming NGOs for climate inaction is stupid

There really are people worth blaming for inaction on climate change, and not a single one of them works at Greenpeace.

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Politics
Jun 7, 2019

Why calling the Treasury data scandal a ‘beltway issue’ is basically bollocks

What is a beltway issue? In the Treasury data breach story, as so often, it seems to be a byword for 'a political event which is embarrassing for the party that I like'

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Politics
May 30, 2019

The Budget ‘hack’ and the time-honoured tradition of desperate arse-covering

Grant Robertson should apologise, and the Treasury secretary should offer his resignation

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