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  1. August 22, 2012

    The world doesn’t sing in perfect harmony

    ...the South African Army, a pillar of a system I loathed. And booming through that season of sickly fear was the relentless, caustic, percussive sound of Sixto Rodriguez. We didn’t know his first name was Sixto. To us, he was just Rodriguez and, as... By Michael Skapinker

  2. April 23, 2012

    What if the Gipper led the 2012 GOP?

    ...Jersey, was in Washington last week and recalled how bipartisanship worked in those days, with presidential blessing, with the caustic Senator Alan Simpson, the Wyoming Republican, playing the tough guy and he spreading sweetness and light. But it worked... By Jurek Martin

  3. April 10, 2012

    Competitiveness: External pressure ‘best chance for change’

    ...disgrace, the same economic mess.” This caustic observation, written in 1872, is one...one of the country’s most trenchant columnists and himself a bestselling novelist, commented recently: “Eça was perhaps more caustic than we are today and that’s cause... By Peter Wise

  1. January 11, 2012

    Scotland’s secessionists are slaves to a romantic tartan past

    Two caustic issues, immediately evident in the Scottish government’s response to the Westminster proposal for a referendum on independence... By John Lloyd

  2. March 14, 2011

    A Libyan no-fly zone is only half an answer

    ...comes a moment when they must be defended. The new enthusiasm for intervention in London and Paris, however, has drawn some caustic responses in Washington. When Messrs Cameron and Sarkozy say the international community must act, what they mean is that... By Philip Stephens

  3. October 22, 2010

    Art for art’s sake grants for luvvies

    ...that the current era should be termed Sober, which stood for savings, orderly budgets and equitable rebalancing. A more caustic view is that we live in a Hungover era, characterised by horrid unemployment, negligible growth, Osbornian viciousness and... By Jonathan Guthrie

  4. December 11, 2008

    Steinbrück row: An unfortunate sense of déjà vu

    ...have provoked anger in London (and, one imagines, dismay in Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin), Mr Steinbrück’s caustic remarks have also stirred a chilling sense of déjà vu. Mr Brown, who was then Labour’s shadow chancellor, remembers... By Philip Stephens

  5. November 18, 2008

    A Republican field day for dentists

    ...the eternal principles to which it feels bound. The Republican Party of 2008 had become the party of older white men. One caustic observation about the line-up of 10 candidates in an early televised debate was that they looked just like a group waiting... By Jurek Martin

  6. February 18, 2008

    Later not sooner: the Rock’s election legacy

    ...autumn when the government guaranteed its liabilities. In the caustic phrase of Vincent Cable, the Liberal Democrat shadow chancellor...stephens@ft.com More columns at www.ft.com/comment/columnists/philipstephens By Philip Stephens

  7. September 2, 2006

    Puritan Pleasure - Culture club

    We yogurt-makers are much maligned. If you believe some caustic columnists, "the knit-your-own-yogurt-brigade" are all tree-hugging loonies. There's some truth in that perhaps, but yogurt... By Paul Miles

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