No one knows what will happen following the Greek election on Sunday. It seems beyond doubt that the anti-austerity Syriza will take the poll -but what happens after that is anyone's guess.
John Humphrys has delivered some of the most insightful reporting, and I commend both his piece in the Mail and particularly the 15 minutes of audio on iPM available as podcast or to be broadcast again on R4 this evening at 17.30.
The voters are fed up with ND and PASOK, who have dominated post-war government like Labour and Tories. They are fed up with official corruption, international finance, Goldman Sachs and the banks but accept their own complicity in the Euro Ponzi scheme; they wanted to be rich and connived at the fraudulent bubble. They are not hanging politicians from the lamp posts, and there seems little risk of civil war. They want to stay in the EU and keep the Euro. Their greatest financial burdens are debts to the banks and unpaid tax bills.
They want to lift the burdens, create employment (but without the political corruption previously necessary to 'buy' a job) create wealth and start to rebuild their lives. They don't know how this can be achieved, but trust Syriza more than anyone to achieve it. The problem is that the EU is a stitched leather harness (to use Wellington's metaphor) - once broken, it cannot be re-tied like a simple rope bridle. In seeking to create a prison from which none could escape, the architects of Euro federalism may have sown the seeds of their own destruction.
My heart and good wishes go to the Hellenic peoples; may God be with them.