I recently became aware of a music education policy that has been imposed on instrumental teaching service's that has been handed down from central Government and is being implemented rapidly due to financial sweeteners from Downing Street. It has the typically illuminating title of Wider Opportunities, its ethos is based on a grand socialist principal of the masses getting very little at the expense of the talented getting nothing. If the way i read it is correct, it would seem to be probably the end of instrumental tuition in schools as we know it. As severe financial pressure is yet again being put upon music services all over the country. The policy is destined top be the ruin of bands because the limited pool of players we now have will be diluted by talented players not getting the chance to polish there skills because money for instrumental tuition will be entirely focused on the Wider Opportunities. The education secretary will get the chance to stand up in Parliament and announce look how clever we are, since we came into power X amount of children are getting the chance to learn a musical instrument, but he/she will be careful to not mention that the tuition consists of a hour a week in a class of 20 learning the cornet as a group!! Yes folks its a socialist inspired chocolate fireguard policy, and i dread to report it will be the final nail in the coffin of banding!!