Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Jane Merrick rides on a Micro Scooter through St James's Park, on November 18, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

We adult scooters are so rare that when I see another one we exchange a little wave, like drivers of VW Beetles honking their horns at each other

There are better ways to improve the NHS than this online ratings system

When it comes to being treated, patients just want to be made better in the shortest amount of time

The Christmas Day truce as shown in the Sainsbury's ad is a reminder of how humans cling to peace

In place of hatred: The lesson of Christmas 1914

Sainsbury's Christmas advert is to be applauded for telling the story of the honour and heroism of British soldiers
A displaced Kurdish child at Suruc, on the Turkish-Syrian border

British failure to take Syrian refugees is 'neglect of duty,' says shadow Home Secretary

Yvette Cooper says 'the Government should be ashamed of its failure to support some of the most vulnerable people in the world'
Ukip’s deputy chairman and communities spokesperson Suzanne Evans is one of the rising stars of the party

Eurosceptic and male? Join the Peter Party!

Ukip's 2015 candidate list is rich in Peters and Davids while fewer than 10 per cent are female
The Prince of Wales receives a toy red squirrel for Prince George, presented by the Scottish Wildlife Trust during the visit to Murthly Castle, Perthshire to attend a reception mark the Trust's 50th anniversary

If Prince Charles wants everyone to love the countryside, he could start by giving some back

If landowners like him regarded the countryside as belonging to all of us, the gulf between urban and rural would narrow

The Chancellor has regular weekend parties at Dorneywood in Buckinghamshire

George Osborne's Dorneywood house parties come under Labour scrutiny

The Chancellor has regular weekend events at his lavish grace-and-favour residence in Buckinghamshire, but has never disclosed who he entertains
Ed Miliband wants to give greater powers to local authorities over bus routes and charging

It's the buses, stupid: The next election could be decided by local issues

For those MPs and journalists who commute effortlessly to work on the Jubilee line, a policy on buses must seem like parish-pump, parochial stuff
The gender pay gap between men and women is so stark that the average female worker will effectively earn nothing from this Tuesday until the end of the year

Be open about pay gap, Labour tells business

Few firms reveal the wages of male and female employees, as women start to work 'for nothing'
Natalie Bennett: ‘People are giving up their old loyalties’

Green Party shuns Lib Dem pact over environment policy

Nick Clegg and his ministers now 'discredited' by support for fracking and nuclear power
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