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Chitpas tale a Christmas cracker

Re: "Chitpas to change name", News, December 24.

The news has warmed my heart nicely this Christmas. It is the reverse of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl in "My Fair Lady" trained by Prof Higgins to be a lady. In contrast, Chitpas Bhirombhakdi is a well-educated (over-educated, some claim) lady who has swapped privilege for the rough-and-tumble world of politics.

Adding beauty is that her father has a different political view and has supported the Singha heiress' cherished wish by freeing her from the Bhirombhakdi name. That is exactly what Voltaire would have said: Despite disapproving of what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it.

If I were the founder of this great family, I would feel immensely proud of both father and mother for understanding their daughter's wish, instead of asking that she stay home amid the trappings of ladylike privilege.

Songdej Praditsmanont


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