The United States upped pressure on Vladimir Putin on Sunday over his response to the Malaysia Airlines jet shoot-down in eastern Ukraine, with Secretary of State John Kerry noting on CNN that it was a “moment of truth” for the Russian president. Russia has denied any involvement, and Putin said Ukraine’s military campaign against the rebels was to blame. But Secretary of State John Kerry said it would be "ridiculous" for the international community trust what Putin has said. Full story >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows Russian president Vladimir Putin at his desk in the Kremlin. In front of him there's a sign which says "The Buck Stops Elsewhere". One official comments to another "Putin's in denial ..."
The cartoonist plays on the expression "The buck stops here", which was popularized by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who kept a sign with that phrase on his desk in the Oval Office. The phrase refers to the fact that the President has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions. The expression is said to have originated from poker, in which a marker or counter was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the "buck", as the counter came to be called, to the next player. A related idioms is "to pass the buck", which means to attribute responsibilty for one's actions to someone else. Read more >>
If someone is in denial, they refuse to accept the unpleasant truth about a situation or admit what they are feeling. • I think she's still in denial about his death.
• Brian Adcock cartoon (The Independent)