"Mr McConnell remained resolutely upbeat, claiming that the long term benefits were huge and that Scotland could now count itself in the "premier division" of countries for major international events.
The First Minister said: "It has probably been the first time in recent decades that an international summit of this kind has been attacked by anarchists and violent protesters without one single casualty having to stay overnight in hospital." And he added: "This summit has contributed to making poverty history. It will change the shape of the world."
Where is there a Voltaire when you need one?