The onset of the next general election, however, will be accompanied by an explosion of political activity that will focus the minds of first-time voters more than ever before. When the consequences of the Labour Party proposals on a minimum wage and a student graduate tax are truly examined, young people will start to take a more active interest in politics. Politics will come straight into students' lives if summer jobs and university opportunities are jeopardised by the Labour Party's ill-thought outpolicies.
The assertion that party politics is a long-term turn-off for the country's youth is, I believe, inaccurate. Disinterest in politics is not a permanent feature of our political landscape but a product of the normal vicissitudes of political life.
Yours sincerely, ANDREW REID National Chairman Conservative Students London, SW1