The Irish Famine
Many years ago before I went up to Oxford to study Agricultural Science my wise old Tutor, Dr.Dawkins, set me to research The Irish Famine. The famine is still being used as a rod to beat the English up and maintain the Irish as a victim nation. As always the truth is never pure and never simple but it is a long way from the mythology that is spread - for instance by Law in New York:
"History teaches us," said Governor Pataki, signing the relevant law into effect in 1996, "that the Great Irish Hunger was not the result of a massive failure of the Irish potato crop but rather was the result of a deliberate campaign by the British to deny the Irish people the food they needed to survive."
If you care about the truth, whether it is about science, economics or history, pull up a chair and read : John Derbyshire on the Irish Famine on National Review Online