Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Tony Blair has written a 3,000-word essay in defence of the 2003 invasion

Tony Blair: Syria conflict is to blame for current Iraq crisis

Tony Blair last night accused critics of the war in Iraq of trying to "wilfully" claim the current crisis in the country is a result of the original invasion.

Unforgiven: Liverpool fans protest in 2012 against the Hillsborough coverage in ‘The Sun’

Ed burnt by day in 'The Sun': Why attacking poor Miliband is misguided

Damned if he did, damned if he didn't. I can imagine what was going through the mind of Ed Miliband when he decided, in consultation with his press team, to pose with a picture of The Sun's World Cup giveaway paper, headlined "This is Our England". To say no would look unpatriotic, churlish and – Heaven forfend – suggest that he wasn't getting behind Roy Hodgson's England team ahead of their nervy first game in Brazil last night. But to say yes would potentially undermine his tough stance against Rupert Murdoch over phone-hacking, not to mention annoy people in Liverpool who have never forgiven The Sun for what it wrote about Hillsborough. The Labour leader was never going to win this one. But I still think he made the right decision to pose with The Sun.

The Tories want to muzzle Oxfam for speaking the simple truth

Poverty and hunger are a blight on modern Britain

Gordon Brown returns to frontline politics to join the Scottish No campaign

Gordon Brown's moral courage

In 2007, shortly before he became prime minister, Gordon Brown wrote a book entitled Courage. It was a collection of eight profiles of 20th-century figures and how they overcame adversity through bravery, but it was also an examination by the author of the very essence of courage.

Litter and dog-fouling worry British people as much as global warming

Call for 'environmental bank holiday' to focus on local problems

The Fabian Society says campaigners should switch focus from global issues like climate change and address concerns about litter and dog-fouling
David Cameron is angry over the public row between Theresa May and Michael Gove

Michael Gove forced to apologise to Theresa May after feud over Islamic extremism schools row

Jane Merrick reports on the cabinet ministers' bitter fallout over Islamic extremism in schools
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Prime Minister of Denmark, (left); Jean-Claude Juncker, (centre) and Dalia Grybauskaite, the President of Lithuania (right)

Who will be the next leader of Europe?

With the frontrunner under a cloud, two women are being touted as possible choices for the next president of the Commission
Brave face: The Lib Dem leader will reiterate his party’s case to the public

'Lib Dems are the toughest party in politics': Leader Nick Clegg rouses faithful after election setbacks

The Deputy PM is struggling to sustain morale after dismal results in European and local polls last month
Theresa may speaking at the Police Federation

Cops today, country tomorrow: Theresa May is on the rise

I have two cod theories about politicians which I love trying out. The first is the optical illusion of power, in which people appear taller when in high office. I swear Tony Blair seems much shorter now than he did when prime minister; whereas I once bumped into a newly sacked member of the Shadow Cabinet who looked like he'd lost a few inches (as well as some pride). The second I'll call the ambition/fun ratio inversion, where the duller politicians are over lunch, the more powerful they are or are likely to become. I'm thinking of the gossipy back-bench Tory who never refuses wine, in contrast to the serious rising star who can be perfectly pleasant over the rabbit ragu but somehow keeps an invisible pane of glass between me and him or her. You still have to take them out, but they are hard work (political journalism is a tough life).

Ed Miliband embarked on a whirlwind campaign tour of England today - but struggled at the first hurdle of a bacon sandwich

Politicians need to stop thinking in terms of ‘ordinary’ people

The term is an insult to those from backgrounds like mine – which is the vast majority

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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?