Methven Campaign 2008
Following the second defeat of fluoridation in Ashburton in 5 years, the Methven Community Board asked the Ashburton District Council (ADC) to hold a similar referendum in Methven. The ADC agreed.
The ADC capitulated as discussed in this letter. Having set the precedent in the Ashburton referendum, this decision is arguably ultra vires.
The CDHB as usual is spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to place propaganda in local newspapers rather than support the democratic process of the referendum. This is the standard tactic with your taxpayer money being used to pay for advertising space to tell spread misinformation to promote fluoridation.
It has become obvious that there is no depth to which the pro-fluoridationists in Methven will not stoop to keep important information away from their fellow citizens:
A six page paid advertorial was included in a recent edition of the local newspaper. This is distributed free of charge. All copies at the Methven 4 Square had had the advertorial removed. This is a criminal offence.
A building owner had given permission for our signs to be placed on her building in central Methven. The building is under construction. The pro-fluoridation builder took the signs down, insisting that the building belonged to him until the final payment was made. This is legal nonsense. The signs were eventually placed on billboards erected on the site, which the builder conceded belonged to the owner, not him.
Is this the sort of country that we want to live in?