Move along! Nothing to see here!

by Toby Manhire / 20 February, 2013
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

The standard line used by police officers or The Men In Black keeping people away from something interesting. Usually a case of Blatant Lies. Also often used in Suspiciously Specific Denials.


And offers the example:

— Chief Wiggum, The Simpsons


The clip from Naked Gun, above, is just as instructive.

Related content:
Jane Clifton: Winner takes it all Subscriber contentIcon definitionSubscriber content
MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

How do New Zealanders rank as philanthropists?
71583 2017-04-27 00:00:00Z Business

How do New Zealanders rank as philanthropists?

by Sally Blundell

Kiwis take little persuasion to give to a good cause, but the demands are ever-growing. How much money gets to where it’s really needed?

Read more
The best new buildings in Auckland
Film review: Their Finest
71721 2017-04-26 15:43:27Z Movies

Film review: Their Finest

by James Robins

A wartime story that is like real life with the boring bits cut out.

Read more
Five Comedy Fest shows you won't want to miss
Auckland's best hangover cures: nine great places to eat after a big night
Auckland comedian Angella Dravid is about to blow up
Seven excellent new eateries on Auckland's east side
Immigration, tourism hold at record levels
71637 2017-04-26 12:18:08Z Economy

Immigration, tourism hold at record levels

by RNZ

Immigration has reached another new record driven by people on work and student visas and returning New Zealanders.

Read more