Danyl McLauchlan

Nailed it, Danyl finally works it all out

In angst-ridden post, Danyl McLauchlan of Dimpost finally gets what the problems with the left are:

I’ve felt that there’s been ‘something’ wrong with the left for a long time now: that beneath all the sanctimony and self-righteousness and sneering and eye-rolling contempt lies a moral and intellectual vacuum; and that none of our dazzlingly brilliant, super-erudite, super confident intellectuals really know what the fuck they’re talking about. I feel this very acutely again today. When I’m reading analysis of Trump’s victory – of which there will be endless screeds – I’m going to be interested in takes by people who are humbled in defeat, and are questioning their assumptions.

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DimPost on Labour’s ‘brains’ trust

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Danyl McLauchlan might have been driven from Twitter by his own team, but he still writes reasonable blog posts.

Here’s his take on Andrew Little’s latest brain fart.

Here’s what I love. Labour’s gone and done some research and found out that a bunch of persuadable voters want something done about immigration. And they’ve looked at the US and UK and seen what a successful issue it can be. So they’ve gone back to their office and thought about an angle and, somehow, stumbled upon the anti-immigration story that perfectly undermines all the logic of anti-immigration stories: that we shouldn’t bring ethnic migrants into the country to cook their own food because decent kiwis should do it.   Read more »

The TISOs, left media and Twitter terrorists are eating their own

Danyl at Dimpost writes:

Second day back at work and NZ Twitter is already the site of pointless feuds, the latest one causing one of the best journalists in the country to delete her account so she doesn’t have to engage with progressive activists any more.

He’s referring to Kirsty Johnston, the NZ Herald’s embedded education unionist and press release rewriter.   Sorry, “one of the best journalists”.

She quit Twitter.  She’s over it.   Not because she’s been getting hounded by trolls or right-wing nut jobs, but because of their own team requiring group think, group speak and group conformance at all times.

And if you don’t?

Something I think most people don’t get about social-media pile-ons is that being the subject of one is disproportionately upsetting and aggravating in a way that’s hard to comprehend unless you’ve been there. I’ve been having debates and arguments and fights on social media for years, and gotten all sorts of weird abuse and threats for things I’ve written, and none of it really affects me. But having your timeline flood with insults and call-outs and criticism and snark from dozens of people all at once is really genuinely upsetting. I’m not sure why. But it is. Even if someone has a really good point to make it generally gets lost in all the noise and just contributes to the sense of being unfairly ganged-up on, usually over something trivial. Read more »

The missing million fascination of Labour

Labour, from their leaked review document, are still focusing on the missing million.

They steadfastly believe that this mythical missing million voters is their path to salvation, and that all vote Labour.

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The “missing million” – not enrolled or enrolled and not voting – are an affront to our democracy, and a missed opportunity for Labour. A campaign to enrol voters(irrespective of their voting intentions) would be good for our democracy and positive for Labour, and could provide a useful focus for Party members and volunteers in the years before election campaigning itself gets under way.

Action should arise from a review of the voter targeting and other work undertaken during the election to engage the “missing million”. Integrated with this, high quality research must be undertaken on patterns of non-voting and the best way to target those people. Labour’s input to the Parliamentary select committee review of the General Election and Labour’s Justice spokesperson should focus on why 1 million people didn’t vote, and what could be done to address that.

Labour just can’t understand the so-called ‘missing million’.  Read more »

Finally, a left wing commentator who gets it

Danyl McLauchlan comments on the latest Roy Morgan poll disaster for Labour and Andrew Little.

Firstly he looks at press releases from National at this stage of the electoral cycle when they were in opposition, then he comments:

Labour’s recent press releases are here. The difference is stark. National attacked the competency of the government to govern. Overflowing hospitals! Gangs running the streets! Power crisis! While Labour constantly attacks the morality and character of the government. Broken promises! Key is blaming his new tax on a fruit-fly! National is kicking hard-working whanau!

Voters get that the opposition parties don’t like the government. But they also don’t give a shit because as far as they can tell the government are governing things pretty well. Why would they change?

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Labour’s institutional dysfunction

Danyl McLauchlan is one of the few on the left wing that I can respect.

His observations when he isn’t being silly or writing bad satire are usually spot on.

He has taken the time to discuss the Labour party and what he sees as their impending collapse.

I don’t know if Labour is a dying party. Looks like to to me, but there’s still time to turn things around. I do think there’s an important difference between National in 2002 and the Labour Party in 2014. After their 2002 election loss National realised that it faced an existential crisis and took drastic action. They bought Steven Joyce in to review the party, underwent a huge reorganisation and then united behind their subsequent leaders, Brash and Key. The sense I get from Labour is that they don’t have anything to worry about because hey, National was in big trouble a few years ago and now look at them go! Sure, Labour aren’t doing great right now but it’s just history; it’s political cycles. You gotta ride it out and wait until the tide washes you back into government again. There was a nice example of this from former Labour President Mike Williams on the Nine to Noon political segment last week. Williams announced that the leader of the Labour leadership contest will probably be the Prime Minister in 2017 because four term governments are rare. Forget all that hard work of somehow beating John Key, which Labour has no idea how to do, or even reforming the party. Fate will just return them to power, somehow, because that’s what sometimes happened in the past.

I don’t think Key and National see themselves as being circumscribed by fate, and that they should just resign themselves to losing in 2017. I think they’ve built a fearsome political behemoth that dominates New Zealand’s political landscape and which they hope will endure for a long, long time, even after Key finally retires in his fifth term (or whenever).  Labour dying is not a worst-case scenario for the New Zealand left. Labour hanging around, slowly dwindling, occupying the political space of the center-left but not winning an election for another twenty years is the real and highly plausible doomsday scenario. I don’t know how much of National’s strength is an accident of Labour’s current weakness, but I do know that the new Labour leaders job will be reforming their party, and not beating Key. That’s not even an option for Labour until they somehow transform themselves into a modern professional political party, and figure out who they are and what they stand for.

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Finally someone addresses the elephant in the room for the left wing

Philip Matthews is a Twitter troll, and a journalist. He is a lot like John Drinnan, just with a smaller newspaper to bleat on it.

His constant harping and screeching about Dirty Politics led me to block him, he like many journalists think Twitter is the real world. He still misses the point of Dirty Politics. It was an attempt to silence, in my case permanently, opposing political voices.

Nonetheless he has written an article in the DomPost addressing the elephant in the room…the left wings very own dirty politics brigade (but without the influence or relevance).

The left wing mistook Twitter and blogging for the real world, and failed in their attempts to get me.

But are they part of the problem rather than the solution….after all Martyn Martin Bradbury established The Daily Blog with union funding to be “a Whaleoil killer”…and failed. He never even got close to his stated goal of a million pagewiews a month before the election.

In a parallel universe, David Cunliffe is the prime minister of New Zealand presiding over a Labour-NZ First minority government in a happy arrangement with the Green Party. Internet Mana, backed by German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, has a few MPs in Parliament, including veteran activist Hone Harawira.

ACT is already history and former Prime Minister John Key has taken a long holiday in Hawaii.

Wake up. The Left was soundly defeated in the 2014 election.

“I think it’s fair to say we haven’t had dreams in colour since September 20,” says Left-wing activist and blogger Martyn Bradbury.

He freely admits he got it horribly wrong. That was his election prediction above. He “didn’t consider for one moment” that voters would rally to National and that high levels of early voting meant that New Zealanders were backing Key.

Instead, Labour had its worst result since 1922, the Greens slipped below their 2011 peak and Harawira is out of Parliament. “Despondent” is a good word to describe how those on the Left feel.

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Telling the hard left to get stuffed is probably the most important thing for Labour to do

Danyl McLauchlan has taken a hiatus from his hiatus…and made a very valid point about just how out of touch the left wing activists are believing their own circle jerk of confirmation bias on Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s a point I meant to make before i went on hiatus. Here’s the aggregated polling for the Internet-Mana Party.

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The left are either quitting, running away or being told to stop

Dimpost’s Danyl seems to be the latest one that’s down in the dumps

I’m not saying I’m taking a break from blogging, exactly, because every time I do that something really interesting happens that I want to blog about and I look like a doofus. But I’m taking a break from blogging unless something interesting happens.

Partly because this is because I’m busy with other stuff. But I’m also feeling despondent about left-wing politics: Labour is a horrible mess and looks to remain one, and the Greens couldn’t capitalise on Labour’s failure and grow their vote. It’s depressing.

This might sound solipsistic but I feel like some of the left’s problems stem from over-engagement with social-media. If you’re listening to and engaging with a cacophony of voices online it’s easy to lose touch with the silent but demographically much, much larger section of the population that aren’t commenting via blogs or twitter etc, and have very different priorities and concerns. So I’m part of the problem!

Ok, so you learned that the Internet isn’t the same as the real world.  That’s a lesson learned.  But you don’t give up.  Yes, I know, you’re not giving up per se, but you’ve lost the energy.

I’ll tell you this much, I couldn’t lose this election.  Either I got the government I wanted, or I got the government I wanted to blog about.   Chin up – there’s work to be done!   Read more »

Face of the day

Danyl McLauchlan - flickr.com

Danyl McLauchlan – flickr.com

Would you employ a writer to write a book about a book if he had no intention of interviewing the main protagonist of the original book?

Victoria University Press have.

Would you hire a published writer of fiction to write a non fiction book?

Victoria University press have.

Would you hire a writer who sends e-mails like this one to the people you have employed him to interview?

Victoria University Press have.

Hi XXXXX

XXX  might have mentioned this to you: Victoria University Press has asked me to write a book about XXX  XXX’s  XXXXX book, and one of the aims of the book is to get comments from the people written about in XXX’s book who didn’t get a right of reply there. And, so, gallingly, I have to interview you, or at least ask you for an interview.

If you consent to this – And you DON”T have to! – I’m trying to arrange a time to come up to Auckland, but if you find yourself in Wellington in the near future and have an hour to chat then that’d be great. Also, if you have any questions you want me to put to XXX, or anyone else, then let me know.

Cheers,

Danyl

 

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