The Westminster government of the day and their reaction to the famine was debated in a training course I attended in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults a few years ago.
Basically, on the premise that the government felt they couldn't interfere with market forces, or Adam Smith philosophy as it was, we were asked to debate whether their reaction would constitute abuse. The answer the guy was looking for was yes.
Abuse by neglect.
By pressing "submit message " and having my post analysed by Keith, that makes me a historian. I might put it on my cv. Beer doesn't buy itself.