This is a reasonably serious question by the way.
Iain Dale, the political blogger who runs the firm that published Mr McBride’s book, Power Trip, attempted to wrestle an anti nuclear protester away from the camera as he disrupted an interview.
He ended up rolling on the floor with the protester while Mr McBride continued to be interviewed in the background.
In a video clip of the incident, the protester’s dog is seen biting its owner as the two men grapple on the Brighton pavement.
“Damian McBride was doing a live interview on Daybreak on the Brighton seafront,” he wrote.
“I was waiting in my car to drive him to do his next interview with Nick Ferrari on LBC when I noticed that a protester was holding a placard behind Damian which was filling a lot of the screen and totally distracting from the interview.
“I assumed someone from Daybreak would intervene to stop him, but no one did. So I did what any self respecting publisher would do, got out of the car, ran across, got him in an armlock and pulled him out of the shot.
“He started resisting and we ended up in an unseemly tumble on the ground.
“I was conscious of the photographers and other cameramen who were present filming the whole thing, but I was determined this idiot shouldn’t disrupt what was an important interview for my author.”
Mr Dale said that there was “no real violence” during the incident and that “the only injury was when the man’s dog bit him on the bum”.
Someone holding up an anti-nuclear poster on Brighton seafront is peacefully going about his lawful business. You’re not allowed to march up (and Iain is a big lad too) and whack them one, nor wrestle them out of the way nor put him in an armlock. He’s as much right to potter about the seafront as you, the camera crew or an author does. This is an assault.
An entirely understandable one, true, but it is one just as much as if I’d decided to armlock the camera crew out of the way as it was obstructing my view of the anti-nuclear poster and protestor.