Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Scar from The Lion King is one of the most evil Disney villains

Any child knows that cartoon violence isn’t real

A new study has suggested parents should be worried by the 'death and destruction' featured in many children's animated films

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?

“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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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

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Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

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The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

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How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
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11 best bedside tables

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Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public