Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick


Policy editor @theipaper, a @Time Person of The Year 2017

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One of Liz Truss’ favourite economists, Julian Jessop,told the Spectator three weeks ago the markets would be “completely relaxed” about the Truss/Kwasi plan for massive tax cuts funded by borrowing

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"They used to lecture us about fixing the roof when the sun was shining. They haven't just failed to fix the roof. They've ripped out the foundations, smashed through the windows and now they've blown the doors off for good measure."

Ray Boulger of John Charcol mortgage brokers predicting a 10% fall in house prices next year due to turmoil in mortgage market, on #r4today 

They could've done David Bowie's "Starman" and changed it to "Starmer"

Staggering quote in Bank of England statement announcing it is buying up government debt as an emergency intervention: "Were dysfunction in this market to continue or worsen, there would be a material risk to UK financial stability"

One of contributing factors to the markets crisis was the Govt didn't publish OBR forecasts alongside mini-Budget = uncertainty. Govt said OBR couldn't get them ready within timescales for 23 Sept. In fact, the OBR "stood ready" to produce them by 14 Sept:

🚨NEW: Benefits facing real-terms cut as PM and Chancellor try to claw back costs - scoop by @ChaplainChloe  and @HugoGye 

We should be calling this the "cantilever" poll

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"She's finished" - Tory MPs turn on Liz Truss amid anger over benefit cut plan - by @singharj  @theipaper 

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For four years under Tony Blair's government I worked for the Daily Mail. His No10 absolutely hated us - you might say justifiably - and yet we were never banned from any briefing involving civil servants under his government, ever.

Single mother of three Zara, who works full time, in tears on phone to @LBC  @mrjamesob  saying she has to keep her kids warm with hot water bottles and jumpers and can only afford one meal a day. She eats their leftovers. “The system isn’t working for people like me”

The Queen has just arrived at the relief centre to meet those affected so I think the "security fears" argument for May is rather redundant

This made me laugh on R4 just now: when people were asked what is England’s 2nd city, in Manchester they said “Manchester”, in Birmingham they said “Birmingham” and in Liverpool they said “London”

I haven't seen this many Australians crying on TV since Scott and Charlene got married

In an interview with Brandon Lewis on #r4today , Nick Robinson has summed up the incredulity of a nation. Too long for 280 characters:

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It is a bit rich of pro-Brexit people to appeal for more moderate language from Tusk. He’s angry. A lot of us are angry. There are people who cheerled for Brexit who never had a plan, only ideology. We have a right to be angry with you.

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