At a Scottish Politician of the Year awards ceremony at the Prestonfield House hotel last year the Labour peer Lord Watson imbibed rather heavily. No doubt he was not the only one. However, Lord Watson’s evening started to veer off towards the unknown when towards the end of the evening he skulked into a closed hotel reception room, took out a box of matches from his sporran (that purse thingy you hang around your kilt), and set fire to a pair of curtains. He left the room, only to return to check that his blaze was coming along well. The whole episode was captured on CCTV and he is now in jail for arson. Here is the Mirror’s account.
LABOUR'S Lord Watson was yesterday jailed for 16 months for setting fire to a hotel curtain after a heavy drinking session.
Sheriff Kathrine Mackie said the act was "deliberate and dangerous".
She added: "The potential for serious injury to guests and staff, and for very significant damage to the property, was considerable."
She said jail was the only option as the ex-Scottish Parliament MP posed a "significant risk of re-offending".
The court heard he had a drink problem and had blacked out that night.
Sheriff Mackie continued: "No explanation has been offered for your actions. A large amount of alcohol appears to have been consumed but that neither excuses nor fully explains your behaviour."