“You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the MacDonalds of Glencoe, and put all to the sword under seventy. You are to have a special care that the old Fox and his sons do upon no account escape your hands, you are to secure all the avenues that no man escape. This you are to put in execution at five of the clock precisely……”
These were the orders issued to William III’s troops before the infamous massacre of 1692. It seems a trifle unfortunate that the Metropolitan Police codename for its G20 security operation this week is “Glencoe”. Protesters would be well advised to disperse not later than 4.50 hours.