Courage of youth

Is Gordon Brown too scared to lead the country, as Geoff Mulgan asks ("Persuading the people", 15 October)? Yes, he is, but so is every other politician in Whitehall. Today's politicians are so concerned with winning public support, they are too intimidated to take a stand on anything. Take the events of these past weeks. One fantastic speech by David Cameron and a few poor moves by Brown have turned the tables. Public opinion is so easily changed because no politician can decide what to believe. Everyone wants to be on the side of the majority; they are so concerned with agreeing with people that it is impossible for them to impose change.

I am currently in Year 10, so I know everyone wants to fit in, to change and be accepted - but that, soon enough, someone criticises them and they change again. No one knows who they are, or who they want to be. Unfortunately, it is exactly the same in politics.

Brown should get rid of the spin and get some ideals if he wants to survive the next election. The people aren't as ignorant and selfish as they are perceived to be. Given the choice, they are likely to choose what is right.

Grace Blakeley (aged 14)

This article first appeared in the 22 October 2007 issue of the New Statesman, Who’s afraid of Michael Moore?