” Squelching a half-starved rat… “

Victims of the Great Hunger…
‘The Times’ editorial of September 30, 1845, warned; “In England the two main meals of a working man’s day now consists of potatoes.” England’s potato-dependence was as excessive as Ireland’s. Grossly over-populated relative to its food supply, England faced famine unless it could import vast amounts of alternative food. But it didn’t take merely Ireland’s surplus food; or enough Irish food to save England. It took more; for profit and to exterminate the people of Ireland. British Queen Victoria’s economist, Nassau Senior, expressed his fear that existing policies “…will not kill more than one million Irish in 1848 and that will scarcely be enough to do much good.” When an eye-witness urged a stop to the genocide-in-progress, Trevelyan replied: “We must not complain of what we really want to obtain.” Trevelyan insisted that all reports of starvation were exaggerated, until 1847. He then declared it ended and refused entry to the American food relief ship Sorciére. Thomas Carlyle, influential British essayist, wrote; “Ireland is like a half-starved rat that crosses the path of an elephant. What must the elephant do? Squelch it – by heavens – squelch it.” ‘Total Annihilation’ suggested The Times leader of September 2, 1846; and in 1848 its editorialists crowed “A Celt will soon be as rare on the banks of the Shannon as the red man on the banks of Manhattan…”

PLEASE HELP US TO GET A TRUE RESOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF BRITISH INTERFERENCE IN IRISH AFFAIRS .
Thank You ,
Sharon.




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A mother of three and a political activist , living in Dublin , Ireland.
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