David McWilliams: Paying for our banks a recipe for instability
I AM sitting outside a lovely bar called De Prins in Amsterdam, looking out over the canal, past the cyclists, toward Anne Frank's house beyond.
The crowds are lined up again, as they are every day, to bear witness to the most unspeakable crime and the most magnificent courage. We know that the effervescence of a lively young girl was snuffed out by evil, but we also know that Anne Frank's legacy eclipses those individuals who betrayed her -- those cowards who pushed her on to the train; the sadists who shaved her head, starved her and who eventually whimpered like children, implicated each other and sang like canaries when real men came to liberate the camps.
The story of Anne Frank is well known, but what is often overlooked is the attitude of the victors. I don't mean the attitude to the Nazis, but the attitude to Germany in general.