Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is a columnist for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.

Jeremy Corbyn made jam while #traingate bubbled away

As much as I empathise with Corbyn’s need to make jam, under the pressure of all that freshly-picked soft fruit decaying, it fuels the impression that, at the most critical moments – such as during the referendum campaign – the Labour leader is absent

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We need older people to keep working for their sake – and ours

Baby boomers, who have just begun or are on the brink of retirement, own more than half of the nation’s £6.7trillion wealth – a staggering amount of assets. Yet at the same time, they are benefiting more from the welfare state than any other generation