Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Baroness Jenkin’s proud track record on equality has been undermined by her porridge comments

Stirring up trouble: The appalling paradox of obesity and hunger

It is a peculiar evil that the less money you have, the less inclined you feel to spend it on wholesome food
The Co-operative Party will this week call for a national community energy revolution in Britain

Community energy would bypass the Big Six under Labour

The plan is expected to be included in the party's general election manifesto
Jacob Rees-Mogg faces a Standards Commissioner

Leading Tory backbench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg 'failed to declare interests'

Mr Rees-Mogg reported for not mentioning his links to tobacco and energy firms in the Commons
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy with his new deputy Kezia Dugdale

New Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy pledges to build coalition with 'Yes' voters

Mr Murphy says he will 'take the energy of this contest and use it to unite the party'
Roger Bird, former Ukip general secretary

Whatever the truth about Roger Bird’s conduct, he should never have made public Natasha Bolter’s text messages

Is the first Ukip ‘sex scandal’ another instance of a man seemingly exploiting his power over a woman?

Labour’s Chuka Umunna has the backing of Tony Blair to be the next Labour leader

Tony Blair wants Chuka Umunna to be the next Labour leader

Former PM is backing shadow Business Secretary for top job if Ed Miliband fails to win general election
“If you count having a “small orchard in the garden”: the four apple trees, one quince and a mirabelle plum down my allotment”

My orchard, and other aspirations: I will only have 'made it' when I really do own one in my back garden

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my 41st birthday. When I say "celebrated", I mean it happened but was slightly overshadowed by two household dramas: the first, my daughter was sick from 3am until 5pm; the second was that our fridge broke down. I felt sorry for my daughter, of course, but also for myself. As I was standing in our kitchen, water flooding from the defrosting freezer, and me wailing that I wasn't actually having a very good birthday, my Dad said to me: "Of course, in our house we didn't have a fridge until I was 12."

Forecasts threaten to undermine George Osborne’s ‘welfare cap’

Delays add £2bn to the cost of Chancellor's planned benefits bill

Labour claims the problems are another example of 'Tory welfare waste'
According to Francis Maude, tech start-ups in Silicon Valley thrive on a “fail fast” motto that helps them learn quickly from their mistakes and go on to achieve success

Failure – a target that Whitehall can actually hit

Embrace defeat and learn from past mistakes; it's the best way to boost innovation, says minister
Ed Miliband: ‘Tackling climate change is the most important thing I can do’

Ed Miliband lambasts PM for 'ignoring advice on climate change'

Exclusive: David Cameron accused of lack of principle and abandoning 'the most important issue' - because it is unfashionable
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Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum
France's Front National and the fear of a ‘gay lobby’ around Marine Le Pen

Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’

Marine Le Pen appoints Sébastien Chenu as cultural adviser
'Enhanced interrogation techniques?' When language is distorted to hide state crimes

Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report'

Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing
Radio 1’s new chart host must placate the Swifties and Azaleans

Radio 1 to mediate between the Swifties and Azaleans

New chart host Clara Amfo must placate pop's fan armies
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

The head of Veterans Aid on how his charity is changing perceptions of ex-servicemen and women in need
Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Its use is always wrong and, despite CIA justifications post 9/11, the information obtained from it is invariably tainted, argues Patrick Cockburn
Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence

Rebranding Christmas

More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence. They are missing the point, and we all need to grow up
A Greek island - yours for the price of a London flat

A sun-kissed island - yours for the price of a London flat

Cash-strapped Greeks are selling off their slices of paradise
Pogues could enjoy fairytale Christmas No 1 thanks to digital streaming

Pogues could enjoy fairytale Christmas No 1 thanks to digital streaming

New system means that evergreen songs could top the festive charts
Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence

Prince of Wales: Gruff Rhys

He is a musician of wondrous oddity. He is on a perpetual quest to seek the lost tribes of the Welsh diaspora. Just don't ask Gruff Rhys if he's a national treasure...