If Greece heads for the EU exit, Britain could be next.

Be honest. Who hasn't fantasised about getting revenge on the banks that rule our lives with such apparently casual cruelty?

The seemingly endless process of telling the Nationwide I’d moved house was enough to have me vowing customer vengeance — and I don’t owe €300-billion-plus.

We could argue about whether Greece should ever have entered the Euro, whether it’s somewhat relaxed attitude to collecting tax and controlling public spending were sensible, and whether merging the currencies of countries as different as Germany and Greece was doomed from the start.

But that's history. Right now, the people of Greece are suffering hardships because of decisions taken by past political generations.

Every time Greece's people make a fresh decision, Europe's leaders line up to tell them they're wrong, and order them to think again, making sure to get the answer right next time.

Greece elected an anti-austerity government, which has been repeatedly summoned to Brussels to be told it must accept further austerity, on pain of something even worse.

Ahead of their snap referendum, the same threats are made again, darkly hinting at the horrors that could follow the wrong decision.

Could this high-handed approach to democracy perhaps explain the EU's image problem? Anything that might challenge the European project is haughtily brushed aside. If your views do not coincide with those held in Brussels,  your opinions seemingly do not count.

But this is potentially on a different level, Europe’s major powers effectively overseeing the fall of a democratically elected government, whose views challenge those held in Brussels.

“EU-mandated regime change” sounds like the spittle-flecked rantings of the most purple-faced UKIP activist. But it’s the kind of unaccountable power-grab that could leave a lot of people across Europe feeling uncomfortable.

It's possible the route the Greek people have chosen is unwise. It's possible it could lead to even greater pain and chaos. But they have the right to make that choice, and it's equally possible being repeatedly lectured by the rest of the EU has only strengthened their resolve.

Clearly, I don't have a solution to all this, but I do have a feeling the EU needs to think again about the way it responds to the democratically expressed will of its member states. 

Engaging with people might just achieve something. Lecturing them could see other, bigger, countries scrambling for the exit