Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Harriet Harman’s manifesto for women is likely to put off rather than attract voters

Labour's patronising manifesto and the trouble with 'women's issues'

The obsession with courting the mysterious 'women's vote' does not just preoccupy one party
David Cameron and Barack Obama meet in Washington this week

David Cameron to discuss growing threat of cyber attacks with President Obama

GCHQ report reveals that every day a British firm or organisation's website is being compromised by hackers
The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time target

The NHS crisis is a national emergency, not a political opportunity

Whatever the causes of this crisis, patients need politicians to occupy higher ground

More than £1m of taxpayers’ money has been spent on proposals for free schools that never opened

£1m of public money spent on 21 free schools that have never opened

More than £1m of public money has been spent on free schools that have failed to open, new figures revealed last night.

Shopper Beware: There are currently 17 consumer watchdogs

Labour urged to set up super ombudsman to give greater transparency and power to consumers

US-style Consumer Champion would replace 17 different watchdogs
Ellie Levenson’s The Election book demystifies politics for children

Are you sitting comfortably? Let's vote! New children's book primes the next generation for politics

'The Election' was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and received backing from representatives of the three main political parties
Stoke-on-Trent is one of about 2,000 cities to be classed as disaster resilient

Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

The city council's planning is less about preparing for an unexpected event such as a plane crash or earthquake, but more about dealing with things such as severe cold weather and flooding
Labour’s Alison McGovern, right, says politics has to catch up with the views of fathers with school-age children

Childcare 'not just a women's issue,' says shadow minister as she sets out her 'dadifesto'

Labour's spokeswoman for families Alison McGovern claims men are interested too
The Queen spoke of respect for all cultures and faiths in her Christmas message

Decoding the Queen's speech: Was Her Majesty taking a swipe at Ukip?

If Britain was on the verge of leaving Europe, it would be hard to imagine the Queen not getting involved

Members of the House of Lords gather for the state opening of Parliament

Peer pressure: The nobles in the Lords should know when to go

Given that it is unlikely to be abolished or even drastically reformed any time soon, how about some tweaking of the rules to encourage them to be more active?
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
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Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?