I see now the total of withdrawn bands has risen to 9 bands, leaving a field of of only 11 bands. Is now given the number of withdrawals, the validity of this contest be considered. Can there be a better route into Europe, without placing the burden of the costs of additional contest on already strapped for cash bands. I maintain, and this is a personal belief that the highest placed band at the National Finals be the representatives for Europe, this could be the same for Scotland and Wales also. I know there will be some strong feelings either way about this, but when you look at some of the press releases from withdrawn bands, the comments range from, "low on priorities" to "not enough money" surely this is an indication that the contest is not help in high regard. I look forward to the debate.