‘The Vocabularist: What do radicals and radishes have in common?’

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‘There is a word that links Muslim militants, Victorian reformers and crispy salad vegetables, writes Trevor Timpson.

“Radicalisation taking place across the UK,” says the Commons Home Affairs committee chairman, “is reaching unprecedented levels.” The term “radical” for many has come to mean just “extremist”. But its long history has honourable associations.’

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