An in-depth report has revealed controversial comments made by Ryan Hamilton, the National Party candidate for Hamilton East, regarding water fluoridation and Covid-19. These comments, which were shared on social media, question the scientific consensus on water fluoridation and express support for misinformation-spreading groups. Additionally, Hamilton expressed skepticism towards the Covid-19 vaccine mandates and raised doubts about the reported fatality figures related to the virus.
Hamilton’s comments on water fluoridation include a remark in which he advocated for the removal of fluoride from drinking water and dismissed the relevance of poverty in this matter. He also expressed sympathy towards a group opposing water fluoridation.
It is important to note that water fluoridation is a widely accepted practice implemented to protect dental health by preventing tooth decay. Numerous scientific studies, including those conducted in New Zealand, have conclusively and consistently demonstrated the safety, affordability, and effectiveness of community water fluoridation.
Furthermore, Hamilton’s expressed skepticism towards the Covid-19 vaccine mandates and his doubts regarding the accuracy of Covid-19 fatality figures are concerning. In response to the emergence of Covid-19 and the subsequent introduction of vaccine mandates, Hamilton criticized efforts to protect vulnerable populations from the virus as a manipulative narrative. He also insinuated that reported fatality numbers were exaggerated for propaganda purposes.
While Hamilton has not responded to requests for comment, a statement attributed to him acknowledged his past opposition to water fluoridation but claimed to currently support the National Party’s position. The statement also clarified Hamilton’s vaccination status and his opposition to vaccine mandates for entry to the council facilities.
This report highlights another instance in which a political candidate’s social media activity has come under scrutiny. While recent examples from the Act Party have resulted in candidates being removed from the party’s list, Hamilton appears likely to remain a candidate for the upcoming election.
Additional information regarding the Act Party’s list and the controversy surrounding a candidate from the National Party’s Taieri electorate is also mentioned in the report.