Oh Colin, I'm so pleased I went to the hearing- Yvonne was brilliant, she was not defending but was fighting her case like a prosecutor. Now I know why government offered her the job as prosecutor for 'their' side (if she would stop doing the Care home closures, which she refused) her skills are as such she had everyone in awe. She even lengthened the time of the tribunal on insisting that she would continue asking her questions on the line that 'she' had chosen, because the chair and the prosecutor could not see where she was going and they wanted her to stop, saying, her questions were not pertinent to the case, and, why not just ask the witness 'the' question. Yvonne replied, if I were to ask that question the witness would simply reply no. Boy, did the court go quiet, you could feel the tension. Several times the three judges went out to consider whether they would let her do what she had demanded, to question as she felt fit to do so.. Each time they returned to say 'continue'. The first two days were electric!
On every day, the main judge said, 'we are independent etc, when he said this on the third day there were many titters, as we all know it is a stitch up, and he asked for silence in court. One man at the back of me shouted, I'm sorry, it was me!. It was so funny.
Everyday the reporters and film crews were there to meet us including the BBC, before we went in. They were also there at lunchtime and in the evening as we left. And I was on the news Lookeast after speaking my mind to the BBC reporter, but thankfully I did not see it, although someone said it was good. We all wore our tea shirts and the film crews loved it, and we kept them on in court. We also wore white, brimmed hats, with dangling corks, like they do in Australia, to signify it was a kangaroo court, these we placed on the tables in court. .We also had small, brown blow up kangaroos to wave- kangaroo court.
The receptionist and staff at the court were lovely, they plied us with coffee and were very helpful, I used their kitchen, one saying, 'we will miss you'- I don't think they had ever had such a happy bunch because we were all laughing and joking and eating. We only had a half hour lunch, no time at all. And I kept losing my way to the ladies and had problems remembering on what floor are they? I met so many different staff on different floors, we all new each other after three days!
Even the prosecutor said, every day, there is no doubting that Mrs Hossack is a very caring lady, however....the allegations etc. I believe he said this because the court was full of reporters, and ditto, the judges had to be seen to be impartial as well, so they acquiesced to several of Yvonne demands, you could actually see it happening. She was just brilliant in explaining every single detail of her case. Time went by and the main Judge would look at the clock, then lower his head, as if to say. ah well, there is nothing I can do about this, too many reporters, and so Yvonne continued, as if she had all the time in the world. The case went way over time for the first two days, but of course, reporters were there and as the judge said, this is a high profile case. They had to be 'seen' to be doing the right thing. I laughed because I could see what was happening, it was so obvious. Yvonne had them all in the palm of her hand.
She also broke one prosecution witness with her relentless questioning, summing up straight afterwards by saying tersely to the witness, so you 'assumed', .laying sarcastic emphasis on the word 'assumed'. .She had made her point.
Alan Johnson, the home Secretary, witness for Yvonne, (she had issued a summons warrant for him to attend) arrived on Tuesday with two women minders, so the court was packed with reporters, they would not let anyone else in. You could feel the tension of excitement tingling.
We all expect her to be disbarred or fined. heavily. We shall see.
You should know Colin that the attitude of the judges and the prosecution, in fact all of us- and the atmosphere in court changed dramatically to that of being humbled and deeply ashamed, when one of Yvonne's disabled witnesses, who is wheelchair bound came to give his verbal evidence.
His special wheelchair was high, both legs were thickly bound, his clean brown hair was long and loose with a bun on top as well. In his thirties, he was tall and an imposing figure of a man. He explained his dire situation of how he was left with no carers to attend to his personal needs, of how he was left to sit in his own faeces for more than a week, over Christmas, and of how he tried to take his own life because he did not have a life, and how when he made contact with Yvonne he just new she would help him, which she did, because I was there at her office when he made the first call to her.. And how when they took him to Hospital to clean him up of all this faeces, which had impacted deeply into his skin, which was very difficult to remove, and the smell being so terrible, the nurses had to wear face masks.
People hung their heads in shame, to know that this is actually happening in the UK. I have never seen so many people hang their heads in shame. It was as though you could hear them all thinking, there but for the grace of God go I. Yes, reality had hit them in the eye. MB Comments
Isn't this now typical of our viper infested society??! This women has tried to help those who are most vulnerable and her own profession has turned against her! It's sickening.
It will be a travesty of justice if she is struck off. Those who have maliciously complained about her should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
The law is important but people are more so; Mrs Hossack I take my hat off to you
More power to your elbow Yvonne! We need a lot more like you. WHY DON'T THE AUTHORITIIES LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN! What she's telling them is the truth.
We should all be supporting her .... don't forget - it's your turn next and it's not a pretty prospect, believe me.