HARRIET HARmAn has been accused of hypocrisy after joking about Tories enjoying fox hunting -- despite her parents being blood sport enthusiasts. The Deputy Labour Leader had intended her party conference speech to suggest the Conservatives were out of touch with minorities. She joked that David Camerons idea of a diversity night at the Tory conference would see fox hunting and lapdancing promoted. But it emerged today that ms Harmans parents were regular followers of the South Herts Beagles, a Hertfordshire hunt. Its master, matthew Higgs, said: Im very surprised that Harriet Harman is taking pot shots... when her parents were such keen hunt supporters. London Lite Friday, 2 October 2009 19 outcry as protection for pesky wild parrots ends Harmancalled ahypocritefor foxhuntjoke A MOVE to shoot or capture parakeets to cut their numbers in London has been branded racist by wildlife experts. London Wildlife Trust said there is little evidence that a cull of the birds -- blamed for destroying crops and bullying smaller native species -- is justified. It added that parakeets, which origi- nate from the Himalayas, are as British as curry and represent the capitals cultural and historical diversity. The trust said a cull of the wild parrots -- with their green plumage, red beaks and piercing screech -- was misguided. It feared the move puts similar-looking indigenous birds, like the green wood- pecker, at risk of being shot in error. It added: Descriptions of them as bullies and pests reflects more on atti- tudes towards foreign species than any evidence to support these views. Natural England yesterday announced that from January it will relax rules pro- tecting the birds. Ring-neck parakeets causing problems can be killed, trapped or have their eggs destroyed humanely. Up to 40,000 are thought to be in the South-East and it is feared they could soon outnumber native species. London Wildlife Trusts deputy chief executive Mathew Frith said: There are existing licence arrangements that can be used if parakeets cause dam- age. This is just jumping the gun. by mark blunden Jokebox......... I just dont want to be around to see my kids grow up Fast talkan instant interviewwith... Mel blatt the 34-year-old former All Saints singer is making a musical comeback as a DJ with group No Requests -- you got it, they just play what they like. Saint or sinner? Im going to have to say sinner. Its more fun than being a saint. Camden or Chelsea? Neither. Im NW3, Hampstead (right). If I walk down the hill to Camden I have to walk back up to go home and thats never as much fun. Dancing or skating? Dancing, because I love it. Maybe Ill become a professional disco dancer... I can definitely rave the longest and the hardest. Designer or high street? Designer, because Im a snob. That was a joke by the way, Im actually high street. Or even lost and found. I shop in the lost and found section of the train station. Stage or studio? Studio. I feel safe in a studio, I get bad stage fright. I dont like that sensation of being worried sick. Boys or girls? It depends. What are we doing with them? Pop or soul? Soul, because it comes from a good place. The Prodigy or Oasis? Theres no way on this Earth that I could choose because Im best friends with the wives of both bands frontmen. But The Prodigy (with singer Keith Flint, right) are amazing. MaX tHurlow parakeet cull racist, says wildlife trust In peril: parakeets can soon be culled index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html