So after years of failed bids for the Olympics, City of Culture, National Stadium and many more international events Birmingham has gone and trashed its proud record and actually succeeded

Now we’ve gone and landed the fifth largest sporting event in the world and it will no doubt be an expensive disaster - here’s a few reasons why.

1. We don’t need the £600 million Government investment

They should keep their money and use it instead to buy another rail line or regeneration project in London or the South East of England, because that’s what usually happens.

An artist's impression of how the new Alexander Stadium will look.

2. Birmingham doesn’t need the attention

As well as 11 days of sport in the summer there will be linked events - an urban sports festival, a arts festival and a business exhibition to make the most of the focus on Birmingham from around the Commonwealth.

We don’t need thousands of visitors turning up, filling our hotels, bars, shops and restaurants and tourist attractions - supporting jobs and businesses.

We should be ashamed of our city and country, not strutting about the world showing off. People might start wanting to visit and spend their money here more often.

Birmingham City Council of an artists impression of the Basketball in Victoria Square in Birmingham.

3. The transport system is fine

Many transport projects - rail, tram and rapid bus routes are currently planned to be open in 2026, when the High Speed Rail line is finished. Now this Games means they will bring forward those projects to 2022 - especially the rapid transit route serving Perry Barr and Alexander Stadium on the A34 Walsall Road. We don’t need that. There’s no rush, our transport network is fine as it is. We like being stuck in traffic jams.

Eastside1 and Eastside2: A computer generated image of how the Metro trams would look in High Street Deritend.

4. Who wants a swimming pool?

Sandwell was building a pool, it will now build a bigger one. What is the point of that? The kids will only use it, noisily and splash about. They should go home and eat crisps and play video games instead.

A new Aquatics Centre is set to be built in Sandwell for the Commonwealth Games venues in the Midlands.

5. We don’t need thousands of new homes

The Games authorities are asking for about 1,000 homes for the athletes village which will then be converted into council houses. These will also be used to kick-start the wider regeneration of Perry Barr, with about 3,000 more houses on the plan.

We should leave the former university site at Perry Barr derelict or let someone else sort it out.

The Olympic Village in Stratford, London, has been converted into new homes kickstarting a transformation of east London.

6. We don’t need thousands of jobs

Experts say this will create and support more than 4,000 jobs a year up to 2022 through not only engineering and construction firms and their supply chains, but hotels and tourism, transport and sports facilities.

Local firms across a whole range of sectors will be at the front of the queue for work and contracts. Then they’ll get big ideas and start winning more work.

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7. Our youngsters don’t need skills and training

Many contracts, including the athletes village housing construction, will include requirements for apprenticeships - meaning that youngsters will be trained to do something skilled. They will also need an army of volunteers to help support the Games in 2022 - and these will get training and qualifications.

It means they will start thinking they can do something other than work in a zero hours job washing up or stacking shelves.

And if Birmingham has an increasingly skilled workforce it will only encourage other major investors to come here rather than London or Manchester.

8. I don’t pay my council tax for foreigners to come here and play sports

That’s right - the council tax goes is for day-to-day services like bin collection, social care, street cleaning, child protection and so on. This money, from the council’s revenue budget, is not being used to fund the Games. It’s in the contract.

Opening Ceremony for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Delhi, India.

9. No other city wanted it

Actually Liverpool were very keen and provided the biggest challenge. Other cities around the world needed more than four years to prepare. Manchester 2002 was a disaster - they only used the Games to get an extended tram network, a major football stadium and regenerate a former industrial wasteground.

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10. No one cares about the Commonwealth anyway

After Brexit the UK will be looking for new global trading links and putting on a good show in 2022 could help. All those Brummies with grandparents from Jamaica and the Caribbean, cousins in India and Pakistan and friends from Australia, New Zealand and Canada and anyone with relatives or ancestors from the dozens of other Commonwealth countries may care a little.