Damian Thompson in the Telegraph thinks there is quite a lot in ‘a name’:
I suppose it is hard to quantify exactly what constitutes a ‘terrorist’.
A group which kills 61 people, deliberately selecting non-Mulsims, and then apparently burning off their faces and cutting off their hands to prevent identification, may have justifiable political aims or pressing social grievances against the ‘system’ that may explain their actions.
To call them terrorists is to adopt a narrative that is judgemental, one based upon a Western notion of right and wrong. We cannot impose our Western values and reasoning upon other cultures.
Nor can we impose them upon the Labour Party.
The BBC in contrast to its ‘ethical’ stance on the labelling of terrorists is quite happy to adopt the Labour narrative about the spare bedroom subsidy….or as Labour calls it, the Bedroom Tax.
The BBC seems to have decided to get around any checks on its use of politically nuanced language by just adding ‘as Labour calls it’ to any mention of the ‘Bedroom Tax’.