Unless you’re a boxer, it’s highly unlikely that you’d ever be allowed to punch somebody whilst going about your daily work duties.
If your job happens to be Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, one would think you had even less justification for punching people at work – despite the obvious temptations.
Back in 2001 however, former Deputy PM John Prescott had other ideas.
Whilst he was not known for being a mild-mannered soul in his professional life, Mr. Prescott still surprised everyone when he dealt with a protester that threw an egg at him in the only way a tough lad that grew up in northern England knows how.
The fisticuffs occurred as the Labour no. 2 stepped off the so-called Prescott Express campaign bus during a visit to Rhyl in north Wales in the run up to the 2001 general election.
Television footage clearly shows Mr Prescott aiming a left jab at a man after being hit on the side of the face by an egg.
The two men were then involved in a scuffle before police intervened.
A 29-year-old man was taken away in handcuffs who was later identified as Craig Evans, a farm worker from Denbigh.
The Deputy PM was interviewed by police but was ultimately not prosecuted due to The Crown Prosecution Service concluding that there wasn’t a realistic chance of convicting Mr Prescott because he had acted in self-defence.
In a subsequent news conference, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair explained away the punch-up by saying, “John is John.”
Have a look at the video clip below and ask yourself if you’d still have a job after whacking a member of public in the jaw whilst going about your daily business on behalf of your company.