Kaikoura locals engage in vigorous debate about which man at table is Prime Minister

One of these men is New Zealand’s Prime Minister. Which one is anyone’s guess.

One of these men is New Zealand’s Prime Minister. Which one is anyone’s guess.

A group of locals at a small Kaikoura café became locked in a vigorous debate today when Bill English made his first visit in his capacity as Prime Minister.

English sat down for a coffee with four other men, one of whom was Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Patrons seated nearby – excited that they were within ogling distance of the Prime Minister – began debating which of the men it was.

“He’s the one in the purple shirt, isn’t he?” said one elderly woman to her friend.

“Maybe,” she replied. “Maybe. I think it might be the fat one, I’ve seen him on the television at government meetings and that sort of thing.”

“Government meetings?”

“You know, when they meet to govern. I swear I’ve seen him. That’s the Prime Minister.”

A middle-aged man, a café employee, interrupted the pair to correct them.

“Oh goodness,” he laughed. “No, ladies, you’ve got it all wrong. It’s the one in the middle, with the tie.”

As other customers overheard this, the debate spread, with a wide variety of opinions bringing no consensus.

Finally, one young man spoke up above the rest.

“It’s the one on the right, in the blue jacket!” he declared.

“No it’s not!” yelled the elderly woman from across the room. “That’s Bill English!