Politics (noun) as used in public statements: petty preoccupation of people likely to disagree with your politics.
"Ed Miliband is playing politics when he should be thinking about the national interest and global security," a Conservative source told Reuters. "He keeps changing his position, not out of principle but to achieve political advantage," the source added, saying Cameron wanted to "do the right thing" in the right way.
- August 29, 2013. Reuters article re: opposition to British Prime Minister David Cameron's plans for a military strike in Syria