Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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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.

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

Women paid less than men in Whitehall, figures show

Female civil servants in five Whitehall departments are being paid less than their male counterparts, new figures show.

Who would you want holding your hand after a faint, Boris Johnson or David Cameron?
You talk, aisle listen: Cameron gets down with the kids, and their mums, at Asda
Foreign Secretary William Hague presides over the Foreign Office, which has a Fairness for All strategy

Foreign Office pays female staff less than men

Not only are women paid 10 per cent less than male colleagues, but the department is also failing its own equality and diversity targets
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US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines