Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) greeting former MP for The City of Bridgetown Patrick Todd during yesterday’s political meeting where he took a turn in Sir Hilary Beckles. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)
PRIME MINISTER Freundel Stuart last night launched a scathing attack on principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles, accusing him of a “singular exhibition of bad, bad manners”.
And Stuart told a joint meeting of Democratic Labour Party (DLP) constituency branches at Springer Memorial Secondary School he hoped that Sir Hilary would not take his “bad habits” into his new post of vice chancellor of the UWI.
The criticism followed comments Sir Hilary made recently at a UWI student awards ceremony. The professor complained that Government’s education spending cuts had set the Cave Hill Campus back 20 years and were nothing short of an assault on working-class women.
Stuart told DLP members and supporters who turned up for the meeting of three St Michael constituency branches that for the first time in the Caribbean, “we have had a principal of a university descending from Mount Olympus, as he sees it, and deciding that he presides over an institution that is not just an institution of learning but that is an alternative government”.
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