Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Prince Harry’s freebies undermine the sort of charitable work he undertook in Chile last week

Values for our money: Riled by the Royals on tour

On Friday, Clarence House's Instagram account posted a picture of Prince Harry with an adorable-looking eight-month-old boy, Matias Gonzales Torres, in a kindergarten in Santiago, Chile. The fourth in line to the throne also attended a wreath-laying ceremony in the South American country. Earlier in the week, he had spent time at a football project for disadvantaged youngsters and a children's hospital in Brazil.

Second coming of Nigel Lawson: The former Chancellor on fracking, global warming and why David Cameron has blown it in Europe

Three decades after his glory years as Margaret Thatcher’s longest-serving Chancellor, the irrepressible Lord Lawson is revelling in his political twilight
David Cameron during the summit for EU leaders in Brussels on Friday

David Cameron 'has no negotiating hand to speak of' in Brussels, claims Nigel Lawson

Ex-chancellor criticises the Prime Minister's handling of the EC president's election
First foot: Helena Costa is about to take charge as head coach of Clermont Foot in France’s Ligue 2

The resignation of Helena Costa shows that in sport, as in politics, the bar is set twice as high for women

Women are scrutinised to the point of exhaustion and set up to fail

In two minds: Will the real Ed Miliband please stand up?

The eerie parallels between the Labour Party and the Spanish national football team

On paper, they have all the right ingredients for a winning recipe

Theresa May's 'mishandled' row and the Ministerial Code

If the Home Secretary's conduct is not properly investigated, Labour says the PM risks being accused of a cover-up

Do new rules undermine safety?

New taxi rules undermine safety, warn campaigners

Ministers have been accused of undermining women’s safety by weakening the regulation of private-hire taxi drivers.

Jean-Claude Juncker: Holland and Sweden are thought to have voiced concerns about his candidature in private

David Cameron seeks vote on Jean-Claude Juncker presidency

PM fights on to stop the arch-federalist becoming European Commission head

The idea that the NHS should fund everyone's boob jobs reveals a much deeper problem

Society's definition of perfection - big breasts and small noses - is far too narrow

Lib Dem sources revealed that Francis Maude, left, Eric Pickles, right, and other Tory ministers are trying to end the process of “check off”

Lib Dems fall out with Coalition partners over 'vindictive attack' on trade unions

Francis Maude and Eric Pickles among Tory ministers trying to end subscriptions being paid automatically from Whitehall staff salaries

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?