18 October 2008

Joined Up Government?

The government is continuing to push for universal mass medication by fluoridating all water supplies. It seems to be be gaining ground in Greater Manchester, as seven of the ten local health trusts are working to produce a fluoridation plan.

When the scheme was first mooted, one Greater Manchester Labour MP, Hazel Blears, dismissed concerns about the ethics of mass medicating the population without each individual's explicit consent by saying:

"those who remain adamantly opposed would be able to use water filters that remove fluoride or buy bottled drinking water"

That statement seems to be a little bit at odds with one made by another Greater Manchester Labour MP, Phil Woolas, who gave his support for a campaign to get people drinking more tap water by saying:

"There are more than a billion people in the world without access to safe water, and yet, here we are with pure water on tap, buying it in bottles - I believe it's morally indefensible"

So, the message from our joined up government seems to be that if you choose not to consume fluoride, you are doing something morally indefensible.

1 comment:

Panopticon Britain said...

Yep, take the least popular choice, run a smear campaign on all the others, and thus guilt trip the population into supporting you. Oldest trick in the State's big book of tricks, and it's a very old and very big book.