How good it is to see a New Zealand government with so little to say about events in the Middle East.
How pleasant it is to be free of the tut-tutting and self-righteous finger-wagging that characterised the Clark administration.
Israel and its neighbours are, after all, on the other side of the world, and I doubt whether one Kiwi in 100 gives a damn about what goes on there, let alone takes sides.
Nor should the Government. It has enough on its plate in dealing with pressing domestic issues, and the last thing it needs is to be distracted by what is, after all, just another bit of biff in an eternal hotspot.
There will always be those, like John Minto and Keith Locke, who scramble to the defence of those they see as underdogs, irrespective of where wars and conflict occur.
New Zealand's Arab and Jewish populations will naturally take an interest and will be concerned, perhaps, for relatives and friends who still live in Israel and/or Gaza.
And he's dead right! Helen Clark would have been first out of the blocks to comment on the conflict in the Gaza, had she still been Prime Minister, although we suspect that Winston Peters might have struggled with the issue. And in his conclusion, he reminds us of the futility of Labour's desire for New Zealand to be world leaders in pretty much everything, while taking a swipe at Clark for her hypocrisy of earlier in the week:
Thus the Israel-Gaza conflict should be of little concern to us at the bottom of the world, particularly since the Government shows no inclination to strut the world stage trying to give New Zealand (and its politicians) an aura of importance far beyond our true insignificance.
So John Key and his team can get on with those things that really concern us, such as the economic situation and the need to rein in an arrogant, disobedient and prodigal bureaucracy.
I had to laugh at those who criticised Key and his ministers for taking a holiday, in Key's case in far-off Hawaii (lucky him).
It was particularly rich coming from Helen Clark, who was noted for trekking all over the world, climbing mountains, or skiing or whatever. She was on many of those holidays far from these shores but no doubt electronically available - as, I'm sure, was Key. Take it for granted that he used today's instant communications, cellphone and email in particular, to stay in touch with events day by day.
Like all those who work long and hard during the year, he and his team thoroughly deserved a good holiday.