3: History - brass bands in Britain grew up organically, with local associations springing up many years before any sort of attempt to even form a national championship. When "British-style" banding started in the USA, or Belgium (for example) the formation of a powerful and democratic national organisation happened early in the nation's banding history, but in the UK we're only starting to think about it now. Even if it succeeds, you can guarantee that there will be some big name bands and MDs who decline to support it because it doesn't suit their agenda to do so.
And if becoming a member of the BFBB were made a compulsory part of registering as a contesting band, it suddenly becomes a lot easier to consult the membership as a whole, ....
And that helps 'grass roots' banding how? It's not about 'contesting' that keeps a lot of bands going, is it? They don't exist just to contest once or twice a year (or whatever number). Surely it's about making music to entertain people that's the important thing.
See they're still talking about actioning things - reminds me a bit of a Monty Python sketch.
One thing that struck me, is that most of the Banding organisations, press, even tMP are for bandsmen. It is all very insular. Fine for us, but I doubt the average man in the street, or potential audience, ever pop onto 4br to check the latest news or reviews. What we could do with (and if I had the time, money or inclination I'd have a go - I haven't) is a new organisation/website which is aimed at the general public - promoting concerts and bands up and down the country but with more emphasis on encouraging audiences and outsiders to show some interest.
Just a thought.