I hate them for a reason. For lots of reasons, actually. For the miners, apartheid, Bobby Sands, Greenham Common, selling council houses, Section 28, lining the pockets of the rich and hammering the poor – to name but a few. I hate them because they hate people I care about. As a young man Cameron looked out on the social carnage of pit closures and mass unemployment, looked at Margaret Thatcher's government and thought, these are my people. When all the debating is done, that is really all I need to know.Others have eviscerated Younge better than I could so I want go through everything he writes. However the inclusion of Bobby Sands is telling.
Sands went on his weight watchers course because the government declined to go along with IRA delusions about being political prisoners. She insisted on treating them as criminals who would be treated no differently from other offenders.
Meanwhile over the last decade the United States has been lambasted by the people like Younge for not granting terrorists civilian trials and instead opting for military tribunals.
So it seems that it doesn't matter whether terrorists are treated as criminals or not, that isn't the important point, what matters is that they aren't treated harshly in any way.