Of course the caption to the right is not what he really said, but the meaning is the same. Since new legislation in 2003 gave Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) the power to ensure a supplier adds fluoride to a water supply, none of the authorities had made use of this provision.

This is what he actually said:
"And it's really time they did, because the benefits of doing so are now beyond doubt. Of course this isn't for everyone - it won't be necessary in the wealthier Home Counties for instance. But if Manchester started doing this, they could get child tooth decay levels in line with Birmingham, where kids are twice as less likely to have fillings."

Pompous, or what? I wonder if he lives in the "wealthier" Home Counties?

(Since he said this, Southampton have decided to go ahead and poison the local population).