London's hosting of the Olympic Games will only mean "scraps" for Birmingham and the rest of the country, an economic expert claimed last night.
Keith Cowling, professor of economics at Warwick University, said the event would merely widen the gap between the capital and the regions.
Prof Cowling, an expert in city development, said London was already like "another country" to most people in the UK.
The millions of pounds of inward investment that will now pour into the capital would further polarise it from the rest of Britain and increase congestion in the South-east, he claimed.
" There has been an awful lot of funding and public investment in the South- east," said Prof Cowling.
"This is just going to add to that. It is going to be £2 billion of Government money going into the capital. We are going to get scraps in the West Midlands."
Prof Cowling accused the Government of being overtly "London-centric" to the detriment of the rest of the country.
"The people who make the decisions are all London-based," he said.
"I don't think we should be celebrating. It will be Tony Blair who will be celebrating but I don't think we should be.
"Every time I go to London it feels like another country. There is no other country except possibly France so dominated by one city and even France is not so extreme as England."
Coun Ian Ward (Shard End), deputy leader of Birmingham's Labour group, also questioned whether yesterday's good news for London would help the rest of the country.
"If we are going to use the Olympic Games to enthuse people in sport then we are going to need facilities around the country," he said.
"It is no good people watching athletes in fabulous sporting infrastructure, either at the London Olympics or on television, if they cannot then go out and get involved in sport locally."