BU has led the call for academics on the ‘Hill’ to speak out on the many issues which are at play in our society. The challenge it seems is that many of them can be tarred by a political brush if we are to judge by their public offerings. What purpose is learning if it cannot be shared dispassionately to enrich the human space we occupy?
Recently Dr. Brian Francis, a lecturer at Cave Hill, UWI, generated a furious debate triggered by a post-Budget discussion, when he ‘knocked’ the recent budget delivered by Minister of Finance Sinckler. Again BU was forced to ask – was Francis providing analysis as an economist or a partisan leaning academic?
The attached document titled The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Departmental Reports 2009 – 2010 on page 148 lists Dr. Brian Francis as a Member, Economic Advisory Team to the Leader of the Opposition, Barbados. Readers are free to draw their own conclusions when perusing or listening to Dr. Francis’ analyses. All the public require is transparency.