Move along! Nothing to see here!by Toby Manhire
John Key used the phrase repeatedly in parliament today in relation to the SkyCity report. Does he know what it means?
On at least five occasions during parliamentary question time this afternoon, the prime minister dismissed inquiries over the the SkyCity Convention Centre deal by characterising the Deputy Auditor-General's findings as "nothing to see here!" or "nothing to see there!"
While his intention was presumably literal, the choice of idiom was a little puzzling.
Because the words "Nothing to see here", often twinned with "Move along", are almost invariably used by an authority figure - a police officer, typically - when there is a lot to see.
In popular culture, that is inescapably the case.
The TV Tropes website explains it this way:
Move Along, Nothing To See Here
And offers the example:
Ok folks, show's over, nothing to see here, show's... OH MY GOD! A horrible plane crash! Hey everybody, get a load of this flaming wreckage! Come on, crowd around, crowd around, don't be shy crowd around.
— Chief Wiggum, The Simpsons
The clip from Naked Gun, above, is just as instructive.
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