Ladies turned lords

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

The Earl of Bal­four has four daugh­ters, which means none of his chil­dren can in­herit the ti­tle. This is quite wrong, he thinks, and he has thought up a wheeze to re­dress the in­jus­tice. Now that the el­dest child of the heir to the throne, male or fe­male, will in fu­ture be­come monarch, thanks to the Suc­ces­sion to the Crown Act 2013, the sys­tem of male pri­mo­gen­i­ture in the peer­age sticks out like an even sorer thumb. Why not use a change of the law an­nounced by the Gov­ern­ment, by which peo­ple would be able to choose whether to be men or women merely by declar­ing their gen­der? Then Lady Willa, the Earl’s el­dest child, could, if she wished, de­clare her­self male and bag the ti­tle, just like that. It may sound like one of AP Her­bert’s mis­lead­ing cases, but a piece of sharp satire could prove the cut­ting edge of change.

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