Fluoride, again!
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12:34PM
Bill Barclay

The Community Board will adopt a recommendation on Wednesday to go to public consultation on the retention of fluoride in the Thames water suply.

This is the process to be adopted

It is thankfully a short process that is being recommended, but don't expect it to be undertraken without a flood of unsubstantiated and pseudo-scientific material being printed, distributed and otherwise promulgated around the community. This is what has happened everywhere else where opponents have managed to get the matter raised.  

Unfortunately, and for reasons that remain obscure, they have decided to run the consultation over Christmas and into January - requiring the members of the TCB to report for meetings during the month that has generally been sacrosanct in the past. It is seen as critically important to get this out of the way before the actual Annual Plan consultation - they have obviously decided that it would be inappropriate to run the fluoride debate during the AP Hearings.

This will make for a thoroughly unpleasant Christmas as as the protagonists get into the usual media campaign, ably assisted by the loose-knit, but highly effective national anti-fluoride organisation. Those who wish to ensure retention of fluoride had better be ready to react because the opposition will be vocal, concerted and  aimed directly at those in the community who are easily persuaded by emotional claptrap when it comes to children's health.  

Update on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 4:51PM by Registered CommenterBill Barclay

It occurs to me that there may be a number of readers of this blog willing to join in with others who have already identified themselves to assist with mounting a counter-campaign against the removal of fluoride  from our water supply. If you are one - please email me at billbarc@slingshot.co.nz as soon as you are able.

Unless people are prepared to stand up and be counted on this issue, it will be removed immediately following the Annual Plan in February, to the detriment of every child in this town. the removal faction is loud, nationally supported, and will mount a strong campaign - the other side of the argument needs to be heard. 




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