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:
And offers the example:
The clip from Naked Gun, above, is just as instructive.