Dunno You Know
Firstly, there's no doubt a rider's passport has a significant impact on his chances of getting a plum ride. The way you see it diceman is, unfortunately, idealistic and not the way it works. I'd bet Wosi's reputation that there isn't much in it between your average 16 year old rider in terms of speed regardless of nationality except the bike they sit on, the team that fettles it and that will be controlled in part by where they did their domestic racing.
You won't find many Aprilia RSWs or A kitted HRC bikes in England or indeed any Moto 2/3 bikes being raced anywhere but you will in Italy and Spain and no doubt Japan at some point if they aren't already. The British domestic series has been some way behind it's European counterparts for as long as I can remember despite there being plenty of talent. Where would, say, Gino Rea be now if HRC had decided to set up in England and built Moto 2/3 here? Spain was picked because of the weather and because it has about 3000 GP spec tracks all built with someone else's pretend money.
So, passport, is important as it gives you better access.
As for HRC, they will always be able to wield the sword as they've put plenty into the sport, if there was a concord agreement in MotoGP then Honda would be the first name on the sheet. Personally I don't always like the way the go about things in racing but I let them off because they're able to demonstrate mechanical genius on regular basis.
They might have a problem if no one can afford to buy one of their proddie bikes that they seem to be building anyway. I'd have thought LCR have demonstrated enough loyalty to Honda to be given one and allowed to have a play with it. If the bike is any good they can flog it at the end of the year and in about 50 years time we can look forward to the British GP Prototype championship as the bikes filter down.