Earlier on this site, University of Kent research findings of higher levels of hyperthyroidism in the fluoridated West Midlands, compared with the unfluoridated area in Greater Manchester, published in the BMJ, were noted. It was concluded that “Hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors—such as iodine deficiency—fluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor”.

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People in London and the South have no such concern – and the Telegraph recalled the Hampshire insurrection when proposals were made to add fluoride to their water supply. Last year that paper – as Public Health England renewed calls in several areas – published this graph showing ‘treated’ areas. 

The Kent research said that the findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure. Birmingham please note.

prof goodwinPaul Gosling’s excellent Twitter feed leads to news of another Kent research study showing that trends relating to income, location and skills were important factors behind the public’s decision on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union (EU). The research was conducted by Professor Matthew Goodwin (right), Professor of Politics in Kent’s School of Politics and International Relations and Dr Oliver Heath at the Royal Holloway University. It was commissioned by the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and drew on data from the British Election Study. Professor Goodwin said that it “sheds light on the deep divides that exist in our society”. 

Some of the conclusions of Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation:

  • “The research shows that Britain cannot afford to return to business as usual following the vote for Brexit. The result was a wake-up call: for too long, many communities have been struggling as the country’s prosperity passed them by and missed out on opportunities to build a better life.
  • “With energy focussed on the process of leaving the EU, there’s a danger the concerns of people at home are ignored. This analysis should act as beacon for politicians who often talk about representing the concerns of ordinary people.
  • “The rapid pace of change in the economy has left too many people without the skills and opportunity to get on in life. We must act to ensure prosperity reaches all corners of the country, and provides everyone with the chance to earn a good wage in a secure job”.

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She ended: “Theresa May has made the right noises to overcome this and heal the divisions with a promise to make Britain work for all. The priority is making good on this promise.”

The Kent/JRF report may be read here: http://www.matthewjgoodwin.org/uploads/6/4/0/2/64026337/political_quarterly_version_1_9.pdf.