Black bitch pub: Eminent black professor joins chorus of horror at plans to ditch pub’s name

IT began with a pub chain’s well-intentioned efforts to make sure the name of a town’s oldest hostelry did not cause offence.  

However, brewing giant Greene King clearly did not reckon with the dogged determination of the people of Linlithgow, in West Lothian.  

Its plans to rename the Black Bitch amid fears it has racist and offensive connotations, sparked a torrent of protest plus a suggestion from Scotland’s leading human rights campaigner that its move might reinforce precisely what the company is trying to prevent.  

Now, eminent black professor Sir Geoff Palmer, a human rights campaigner, and Rory Boyle, Professor