The highlight of Live 8 was undoubtedly brummie band UB40 coming on and performing Red Red Wine and Can't Help Falling in Love with You. The People's Republic believes it was no coincidence that the Women's Wimbledon Tennis Final ended just as UB40 were on stage so that they were the first act on BBC1. The cockney press will fawn over the likes of Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and U2, but we all know a class act when we see it.
Of course, Birmingham has played a major roll in trying to "drop the debt" already. We had the Jubilee campaign linking arms around Birmingham at the last G8 summit held in the UK, and the "Long Walk for Justice" to Edinburgh started in Birmingham to acknowledge this.
It's just a pity the national press can't acknowledge the role this city has played.