Either way, Camden’s community safety chief Councillor Abdul Hai always looked a little vulnerable when he decided to be filmed in Camden Town defending new busking controls just yards from the demonstrators who vehemently want the policy aborted.
Vulnerable, because most people know what campaigning comedian Mark Thomas is like and when the cameras are rolling most get emphatically streamrollered.
Sure enough, halfway through his chat with the BBC on Camden High Street this afternoon, Thomas and protest organiser Jonny Walker came bounding over. You could see a gulp, but Abdul at least kept his cool: none of that, can we turn the cameras off please stuff, which usually makes things worse.
What’s more he didn’t even seem riled when it was suggested he was a ‘stooge’ for council leader Sarah Hayward, who the buskers have made their main target and who was repeatedly namechecked during speeches outside the tube station. Still, you wonder whether Abdul thought at any stage: shouldn’t we have done this down the road a bit….