I'm making this post from a new account as, due to the sorry state of banding, I cannot risk jeopardising the integrity of myself or my band which is incredibly important to me. As many of you will be aware, lots of banders have sadly quit the hobby due to a disillusionment with the world of banding and how things are controlled/dealt with. When concerns are raised, the response seems to be: 'That's Banding! ' which has always irked me slightly. So by that people mean: 'This is how things are done and even if they are corrupt and don't reward the players that deserve it.. it will always be like this so there's no point trying to change things for the better'. We don't live in a bloody military state - people are allowed freedom of speech for crying out loud. Plus the people who always crack the 'That's Banding! ' line are always the ones who the bad decisions never affect because their bands aren't likely to win or don't have the desire to climb to the top and are simply competing for fun rather than to gain titles. Or it's the ones who seem to benefit from the corruption: I.E - in this case.. FODENS. Well I'm sick of just sitting around and hearing about how banding will never change. The Championship Section result yesterday was an absolute joke and I'm more than entitled to have that opinion. I'm aware that many others have the same but choose to air their thoughts over a pint rather than using the internet as their platform. So I speak on behalf of all of us who were norked off yesterday and quite frankly disgusted and astonished that The Fairey Band or Leyland didn't scoop up the #1 spot. Fairey blew everyone out of the water and Leyland were similarly excellent and didn't even make the top 3! It's an absolute farce. Obviously nobody can raise concerns because if His Majesty Nicholas Childs loses his high-ranking position in the banding universe then the whole system would collapse due to distrust and everything would need to be rebuilt again. But when you put your heart and soul into banding and take it seriously then stupid decisions like the one yesterday seriously affect you. The bottom line is, Fairey should have won and Leyland should have qualified for the Nationals. Would anybody else like to share their insight? Discuss guys! It would be nice if we used this forum as a platform for discussion like we used to. It's been so quiet recently..