This cartoon by Dave Brown from The Independent relates to the report on the Hillsborough disaster. According to secret documents released Wednesday following a lengthy campaign by families of the victims, British police tried to blame soccer fans to cover up mistakes that contributed to the deaths of 96 supporters who were crushed at the Hillsborough football stadium in 1989.
The cartoon shows two police officers sweeping the blood-soaked bodies of the Hillsborough victims under a green carpet, which represents the football pitch. Margaret Thatcher, who was Prime Minister at the time, obligingly lifts one corner of the carpet.
The cartoon is based on an English idiom. If someone sweeps or brushes something bad or wrong under they carpet, they try to prevent people from hearing about it. • The Hillsborough disaster was brushed under the carpet as just another footballing disaster caused by troublesome English fans. While no-one is suggesting that Margaret Thatcher was directly involved in the Hillsborough cover-up, Labour politician Jack Straw has said her government created a "culture of impunity" in the police that allowed it to happen.
• Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath (BBC News)
• Hillsborough papers: Cameron apology over 'double injustice' (BBC News)
• Paul Thomas cartoon (The Daily Express)