‘Knickers to Glasgow’ slogan banned from city cabs


An advertising gimmick from upmarket underwear firm Agent Provocateur, which would have seen the slogan ‘Knickers to Glasgow’ emblazoned on city taxis, has been banned.

Glasgow City Council’s licensing committee agreed that it would be inappropriate to display the images of whips, g-strings, masks and leather boots on the vehicles.

One councillor pointed out that, while the advert might be acceptable for Paris, “this is Glasgow”.

Potential damage to Glasgow’s bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, as well as the use of the word ‘knickers’, were cited as reasons the ad was not deemed acceptable for public consumption.

A spokeswoman for the lingerie firm responded: “We would never put out an advert which we felt was offensive to public taste.

“The licensing laws in Glasgow must be incredibly strict.”

Meanwhile, Dr Mairead Tagg, a psychologist with Scottish Women’s Aid, commented: “Agent Provocateur’s stuff is totally gorgeous, although I do have an issue with whips and anything sado-masochistic.

“And knickers isn’t ever pre-watershed. It’s just silly schoolboy, Blue Peter stuff.”


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