Reporting Scotland’s grudging report on the Scottish Government’s clear promise to have a judge-led independent review into all aspects of the pandemic, months ahead of the UK Government, allows an ambulance-chasing, disreputable solicitor representing a small group of families to cast doubt on the Scottish Government’s attitude to the families.
We are told:
A prominent (sic) solicitor in Scotland acting on behalf of members of what is know as the Covid Bereaved Families for Justice Group (how many?) has welcomed the inquiry but says it must be an independent panel and leave no stone unturned. He also said families must be at the heart of the inquiry process of the inquiry if it is to be effective and meaningful.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone
On May 12th 2021, the FM said:
It is vital this inquiry covers all aspects of the impact and handling of the pandemic, and that bereaved families of Covid-19 victims have a say in shaping its scope.https://prod.news.stv.tv/politics/sturgeon-bereaved-families-must-have-say-in-covid-inquiry?top
As for the ‘prominent’ solicitor, he certainly has been. On August 2nd, I wrote this:
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.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/call-for-covid-inquiry-into-state-killing-in-scottish-care-homes-xx0kn2zsr
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.