The historic decision by voters to hand the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) an unprecedented landslide will in time be known as the Mottley Revolution, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has said.
In a congratulatory message to new Prime Minister Mia Mottley, he said the electoral victory reaffirmed that the Barbadian people are “tolerant, patient, flexible, accommodating and generous, but when these attributes are persistently taken for granted, they rise up and move swiftly and decisively in the direction of justice”.
“This latest demonstration of the national characteristic will in time be known as the Mottley Revolution,” he added.
Mottley, who was repeatedly targeted by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) during the election campaign, received praise from Sir Hilary for her “battle worthy resistance”.
He said that he was anxious to resume working with the new leader, “particularly on serving the educational advancement of the poor and marginalized.”
During the election campaign, Mottley pledged that a BLP administration would reintroduce free university education at the UWI, as well as clear all Government arrears, including an estimated $200 million owed to the university.
Sir Hilary added that Barbadians had good reason to be proud of the peoples’ choice and he urged citizens to embrace the new government.
“It is now the duty of all to accelerate the rebuilding of the nation under her leadership on the basis of the shared vision and common cause she so eloquently and persuasively articulated in the electoral discourse,” he said.