Suspended Scottish judge aiming to make a killing from care home deaths

According to the Times today:

A lawyer representing the families of people who died in care homes has demanded a separate Scottish public inquiry into what he called the “state killing” of thousands of elderly residents during the pandemic. Peter Watson, solicitor advocate at PBW Law in Glasgow, said that the Scottish government must atone for mistakes it has itself acknowledged. Watson will give a lecture called “State Killing” at Nova Southeastern University, in Florida, about the government errors that contributed to more than 3,000 care home deaths, a third of all the deaths in Scotland.

Watson was suspended from the judiciary in 2015 after his former law firm –  Levy & McRae, was one of several companies being sued by Heather Capital’s liquidator, Ernst & Young, after the hedge fund’s collapse in 2010. Watson was a director of a company called Mathon Ltd – a key part of the Heather empire. The collapsed hedge fund Heather Capital – run by lawyer Gregory King is now the subject of a Police Scotland investigation and reports to the Crown Office. You can read more at:

Watson was also legal advisor in 2018 to former Scottish Conservative Party vice chairman Richard Cook when BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight investigation linked him to the so-called ‘Dark Money’ Brexit scandal.

I offer the above as background to Watson’s current project to make a killing from court cases brought against the Scottish Government for alleged responsibility for unnecessary care home deaths during the pandemic.

Regular readers, like me, will wonder why he is not planning to pursue the care home owners, on the basis of the clear evidence that many failed to implement proper infection control within places for which they had responsibility to do so. All of the Care Inspectorate reports are freely available on line and a paralegal’s bairn can find the sections mentioning these failures.

The frankly bizarre and disgusting suggestion of ‘state killings’ will take even less time to disprove. While the Health Secretary’s puzzling admission that mistakes were made with regard to hospital discharges, has clearly caused some not-too-bright lawyers to drool, the evidence that these discharges caused no outbreaks and thus no deaths, perhaps even reducing deaths after improved infection control in care homes receiving discharged residents, is numerous and uncontested.

The evidence of a greater number of deaths in the larger, crowded care homes reliant on agency staff travelling from site to site, is also easy to locate.

I’ve done it too many times to count. Just search the blog for ‘care home deaths‘ and you’ll see it.

As for the status of Nova Southeastern University in Florida, try Googling ‘Nova Southeastern University Florida scandal’

Lots to read.

7 thoughts on “Suspended Scottish judge aiming to make a killing from care home deaths

  1. The guy is doing a lecture in Florida, called or about supposed ‘state killing’, in er Scotland? How sinister, I wonder who’s backing him…sounds extremely dodgy. The Times publishing this is truly disgraceful. I have an older friend with health problems, who unfortunately reads that rag, he will believe it and be very scared by it. ‘State killings’ is a very serious accusation indeed, it likely will come to nothing much, but in the meantime many older people will be terrified by it. Meanwhile the EngGov have wiilingly allowed hundreds of thousands to die of Covid in the UK.
    Absolutely sickened by this I hope the ScotGov react accordingly, with anger that such a term is being used against them, and that this dodgy guy also going on a pilgrimage, taking the message to the US. Is he attempting to create a hate campaign against the FM, in the states? What is all that about.

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  2. From ambulance chasing to hearse chasing—all in a days work for a Tory shyster.

    Never knew they got Repressing Scotland in Florida–or is it Mount Florida? Both are full of alligators.

    In the BBC’s case the alligators are Red, Blue and Yellow Tories.
    All snapping teeth, but very small brains.

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  3. I’m in the Dark about this guy’s reasons for interfering now in Scottish affairs . Could it be the Dark Money Effect ?
    This Dark Money Effect has been known , as mentioned above , to throw light on Mr Watson’s past actions , which smack of political skulduggery .
    Perhaps shining a light in the Dark corners of the Scottish Tory donors will be the first actual decision Mr DRoss takes as leader of the Ruth Davids…sorry , the Scottish Tory Party !

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  4. I was thinking about the term they use, ‘state killings’. It really is disgusting to use such a term in this context, when there are actual horrendous ‘state killings’ taking place in countries that do not in any way resemble Scotland’s democratically elected, social democratic party, to say the least. Some countries carry out ‘state killings’ on their own people, they kill them deliberately, often for political or religious reasons, murdering people who disagree with their barbaric regimes.

    While any death that should or could have been avoided where possible is a tragedy, to equate the Scottish government with ‘states’ which willingly murder their own citizens with impunity, is just sickening to the core.

    The twisting of the truth by these right ring rags and giving someone a voice and platform, whose record of integrity is questionable at best, for an SNP bad story, is nothing unusual, but the ‘state killings’ part is really stopping very low.

    Still, at least we know that Scotland is a ‘state’…whatever that means in the UK!

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  5. Compensation ?
    We’ve seen multiple previous attempts to blame SG over care-home deaths, even of late the Care Inspectorate, but this latest “State Killing” suggests heightened desperation within the commercial care-home sector.
    What is glaringly obvious from the Scottish care-home “campaign” is the silence elsewhere, not a word in England, Wales or NI, now why should that be ?

    If Florida’s academics had the faintest notion of the legislative gymnastics over Covid in the UK I’d be amazed, he would as well be talking about DRC.
    Sounds like a publicity stunt IMHO.

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