Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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The woman featured in the Better Together campaign's latest video

Tea and no sympathy: The 'Better Together' campaign's mistake is to assume it knows how women think

In the BBC referendum debate last week between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, a woman in the audience said that she was voting for independence, and that nothing would change her mind. "I can see I'm not going to persuade you," Darling agreed, ruefully. Gesticulating as she made her point, on her wrist for all to see she was wearing this year's fad – a loom band bracelet. At this moment of impassioned plea for independence, it seemed incongruous that she was wearing a seven-year-old's wristband. Because, of course, independence is for life, not just a playground trend of 2014.

Candidate Daisy Cooper

Challenger for Lib Dem presidency vows to revive party

Daisy Cooper pledges to restore the party's grassroots 'forgotten army'
Clockwise from top: Zafran Ramzan, Razwan Razaq (main picture), Adil Hussain, Umar Razaq and Mohsin Khan were sentenced for grooming teenage girls for sex in 2010.

Nothing can make up for the trauma of Rotherham's abused young girls, but many more heads must roll

The council cannot just brush off ‘industrial scale’ abuse

The heavy rain that hit London and the South-east earlier this month is part of the cycle of climate change, say scientists

Government facing four challenges in bid to tackle climate change, think-tank claims

Experts call for Obama-style audit to assess damage of changing temperatures

Overhaul childcare funding to ensure best quality service, says major new report

Following the example of Norway and Germany could raise the standard of education for poorer children
Afzal Amin is the Tory candidate for Dudley North

Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist

Young followers of Islam in British inner cities have been left disenfranchised by society, a former senior Army officer says
There are now half a million self-service checkouts in operation across Britain's leading supermarkets

What's the point of paying for service if you then have to do the work yourself?

The service industry – the engine of the British economy – is turning into the non-service industry

Something for Cobra to bite on: It's worth paying for the elderly

Social care doesn't sound as dramatic as Ebola, but there should be more urgency around how we will support our growing elderly population over the next decade
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

A European Commission with only two or three women is 'not credible', says new president Jean-Claude Juncker

The formation of the new European Commission could be delayed as there are not enough women being nominated by member states, Jean-Claude Juncker has warned EU leaders.

Nick Clegg's move away from the Conservatives offers an insight into the lines being drawn up for the up-coming election

Nick Clegg to announce break from Tories on immigration

Lib Dem leader will stress party's role in ending child detention and pledge to ensure migrants are fairly paid
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Chief inspector of GPs: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

Steve Field: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

The man charged with inspecting doctors explains why he may not be welcome in every surgery
Stolen youth: Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing

Stolen youth

Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing
Bob Willoughby: Hollywood's first behind the scenes photographer

Bob Willoughby: The reel deal

He was the photographer who brought documentary photojournalism to Hollywood, changing the way film stars would be portrayed for ever
Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

Scorsese in the director's chair with De Niro, DiCaprio and Pitt to star
Angelina Jolie's wedding dress: made by Versace, designed by her children

Made by Versace, designed by her children

Angelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
Anyone for pulled chicken?

Pulling chicks

Pulled pork has gone from being a US barbecue secret to a regular on supermarket shelves. Now KFC is trying to tempt us with a chicken version
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9 best steam generator irons

To get through your ironing as swiftly as possible, invest in one of these efficient gadgets
England v Norway: Wayne Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

New captain vows side will deliver for small Wembley crowd
‘We knew he was something special:’ Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing

‘We knew he was something special’

Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing
'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York