Grahame Morris (inset below), an Australian conservative commentator and former Liberal Party advisor has apologised for saying: "Now I love the Irish...but these are people who can't grow potatoes" ... "they've got a mutant lawn weed as their national symbol". On reflection he subsequently said that his assertion was in bad taste, and he deserved the kicking he got in response. As laudable as it was that he said sorry, it falls some way short of recognising just how offensive his remarks are. His potato joke was clearly a Famine reference - when more than one million Irish people starved to death or emigrated. If he made a similar joke about the famine in Ethiopia or the Holocaust he would not be forgiven so easily.