Another of Bernard's letters - this time to the Telegraph:
Andrew Gimson's article exalts David Cameron as the people's champion of the 1974 Health & Safety at Work Act. Not only the workplace but the environment at large has benefited from the best interpretations of this Act.
"Few politicians, says Gimson, "are prepared to advocate an increase in food poisoning". . . Hold it right there Mr Gimson! What about water poisoning?
152 of them voted in support of the fluoride-enabling amendment to the Water Bill 2003. Did they all know that the additive fluoride (as distinct from the natural kind), is an untested, unrefined and uncertificated industrial waste product of fertiliser manufacture? Containing as it does significant traces of heavy metals, corrosives and radionuclides, it cannot in all honesty be linked to anything to do with public health.
The HSE, when challenged to uphold and defend the consumers best interests, refers the enquirer to the Drinking Water Inspectorate which is equally evasive with "We supply a product that conforms to the regulations..."
At a stroke then, it would appear that something very nasty which might have found its way by accident into our water, attracting a massive penalty upon the offender, has become legalised for mass distribution nationwide through our key commodity; the fresh, clean, potable drinking water we expect to draw through our taps.
If Mr Cameron can focus his attention on this single outrageous anomaly in public health policy, he will scoop many Labour votes while helping to improve, significantly, our general health. If he's still in doubt, he should ask the Green Party.
Bernard J Seward,
The Labour Party
National Pure Water Association
Bristolians Against Fluoridation
Safe Water Campaign