We can’t be certain, but we think this is the first time a news-and-commentary website like Wings has ever taken out real-world advertising anywhere in the UK.
See ’em while you can, though.
That’s because we’ve been led to believe that Strathclyde Partnership for Transport is currently considering complaints from one or more people that the banners contravene its rules on “political” advertising. We’d like to make clear that we CANNOT confirm that the complainant may have been a Mr B. McDougall of Blythswood Square.
We don’t believe the banners break the rules. They don’t state any political position, merely offer people a source of information, just like an ad for a newspaper would. That information may itself have a certain slant, but then it does in the Daily Record or the Scotsman too, so we don’t feel we’re any different and we have every confidence that SPT will take a fair and reasonable view.
Anyhoo, if you’re in Glasgow there’s one in every carriage on the Subway network, so go and take a look just in case they’re not there by the end of the week.
[EDIT 17.20: We’ve just been informed that SPT have indeed demanded that the ads be pulled, and that they’ll probably be gone by tomorrow, so get out tonight if you want to see. That pesky trusting nature of ours, eh readers?]