Friday, November 6, 2015 at 7:33PM
Bill Barclay

Following the brickbats, some plaudits:

Firstly, can I applaud April Chang, Rob Plummer and David Fornusek for running a magnificent campaign. They led the committee of active supporters of fluoride that was committed to winning and approached the task in a totally committed manner. Obviously they a had a modicum of help - financial and practical from the health authorities who realised that the opposition was well funded nationally and committed to winning Thames as a precursor to Auckland and other future referenda. 

The concentration on presenting the views of a range of highly respected Thames health professionals was an absolute vote-winner and contributed more more than any other factor to the success of the campaign. It was pointless attacking Jane or any of her cohort for the very obvious shortcomings of their arguments - just the simple recitation of professional support, and in particular, the letter from Child Commissioner Wills - a masterstroke.

The timing of their campaign was impeccable - I thought the opposition timing was stupid, just like the remainder of their campaign - they went too early and over-complicated their full page spreads - that was as annoying and patronising as their outrageous florescent signage that simply irritated everyone sitting on the fence. I thought they had lost the campaign the moment they went up.

My support is of course unashamedly partisan, and as I pointed out to the committee, useless in swinging key blocks of votes because my stand can be as equally annoying to some as that of the opponents, so they wisely stayed well clear of me. I would not give the opposition an inch - their tin-pot campaign was an insult to anyone with the slightest intelligence, so I have no hesitation in putting the boot in whenever the opportunity offers. Be rest assured - they will never give up, so vigilance is called for - the issue is by no means dead and buried - yet!

The ASA decision may have been useful had it been released earlier, but better late than never. It is a devastating decision that needs to be taken forward in order to put a thoroughly stout nail in the anti-coffin. They need to have every possible measure taken to prevent them from continuing to mislead the public, 

Finally, I wish to offer my congratulations to Angela Jane at the Council for the totally professional manner in which she conducted the Council side of the election. Angela maintained total neutrality throughout the entire process, no doubt sorely tried by pressure to favour one side or the other.

Well done Angela. 







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