"it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"
"a politic decision"
"a politic manager"
"a politic old scoundrel"
"a shrewd and politic reply"
"he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"
"the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"
It is politic, of course, for the Loyalists to cut sober figures.