— Shane Croucher and Suzy Aldridge contributed to this report.
Chris Charnley, Lincoln Students’ Union president, has labelled Karl McCartney, Lincoln’s Tory MP, “uneducated” about higher education.
A status posted by Charnley on the ULSU Prez Facebook account read: “Lincoln MP, Karl McCartney has been on campus today meeting with students, showing up the Tories and Coalition Government for what they really are with his uneducated responses on the NUS, Tuition Fees and [the] Students’ Union.”
McCartney had been on campus yesterday, November 4th, giving an interview to LSJ TV. He said he’d been told the interview wouldn’t be online until Wednesday, November 10th, but Bullet Magazine have already posted a reaction from Charnley.
Charnley said in a statement: “It is rather clear over recent months that Karl’s uninformed and uneducated responses on fees and education funding show a clear lack of his understanding on these issues.
“Had Karl done his research, or picked up a newspaper in the past year he would have seen a very strong and well informed document called the NUS Blue Print, which suggests a stronger way of funding the HE [higher education] system through contributions ‘graduate tax’ from all areas such as the student, government and business.
“This represents a much fairer and progressive system than that which is currently being pushed by the coalition government.”
McCartney said: “I am an educated man and I know my own mind. I have in fact read the NUS Blue Print.”
He referred to the decisions the coalition has made as being the “pragmatic options”.
Charnley’s comments were a “kneejerk reaction”, he said, that were expressing the views of what he called “certain personalities” in the NUS.
He said he had been led to believe that his interview with LSJ TV wasn’t to be in the public domain until next week. In spite of this Bullet had posted a story by the evening.
The MP seemed concerned about this, but wanted to make no further comment until he had read the Bullet article in full.
Rebecca Murray, Bullet Magazine’s editor, is a part of the LSJ TV team. Murray wrote the Bullet article in question.
This isn’t the first time an officer at Lincoln SU has insulted McCartney. In the run up to the general election, Dan Derricott, SU vice-president for academic affairs, called him an “upper-class toff”.Tweet