While the world stock markets buckle under the pressure of the global credit crunch, the UK has problems of its own:
Paxman to meet M&S over underwear
Paxman raises smalls problem
Jerry Paxman goes to war with M&S; 'Their pants no longer provide adequate support'
Pressure has been building on the popular retailer for most of the day; the full extent of the problem was highlighted by one reader on the BBC website:
Ian, Wakefield, UK wrote:
I had been a big fan of M&S briefs for years and thought that with the M&S Autograph Collection and subsequently the MW Collection, I had found pant heaven. These underpants ticked all the boxes: the material was a wonderful soft texture, they were a snug fit across the bum so there were no uncomfortable (or unsightly) creases, and most importantly they had ample width across the gusset and sufficient room up-front, so the contents stayed in place without the need for frequent adjustment. This is no longer the case - gusset widths seem to have shrunk (can we blame Europe?), so buying pants from M&S has become a hit and miss affair. I imagine that the one in four men quoted by Stuart Rose are either smaller than average or that their pants are bought for them by unwitting (or possibly sadistic?) partners. My own partner, knowing that blokes would tend to suffer in silence rather than discuss the subject, did put pen to paper on the subject to M&S last year but their response had been the classic rebuff 'no one else has complained'.
Well, it's about time someone said something ...