NEWS DIGEST 25.06.2022: Abortion rights, strikes and Billie Eilish at Glastonbury

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New York City’s Washington Square park was packed with what appeared to be more than 1,000 abortion rights protesters early Friday evening as the US supreme court handed down a decision this morning that overturned the landmark court decision Roe v Wade. Abortion rights demonstrators protest outside the supreme court building as the court rules in the Dobbs v Women’s Health Organization abortion case. Exactly how did the supreme court justices vote in their decision ending the nationwide right to abortion? While the ruling represents the successful conclusion of the anti-abortion movement’s quest to overturn Roe v Wade, the exact breakdown of the vote elaborates on some of the differences among the court’s conservative justices. The supreme court has ruled there is no constitutional right to abortion in the United States, upending a precedent set nearly 50 years ago in the landmark Roe v Wade case – a rare reversal of long-settled law that will fracture the foundations of modern reproductive rights in America. The supreme court will announce more rulings at 10am eastern time, and among the cases outstanding is one in which the conservative majority is widely expected to strike down the nationwide right to abortion established by the Roe v Wade decision – Protests sweep across nation as supreme court overturns Roe v Wade – follow live (The Guardian/MSN News)

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Labour voters, knowing that a Liberal Democrat candidate would be more palatable to disgruntled Tories than their own candidate, switched sides in their thousands, using social media to spread the word and encourage others to follow suit. If disaffected Tories and traditional Labour voters all switched to the Liberal Democrats in sizeable numbers, even a safe seat could be toppled. Anyone wanting to know how to use their vote to topple a Tory candidate can now enter their postcode on tactical voting websites, which helpfully recommend which party they should vote for at the click of a mouse. Mr Curtice noted that the Liberal Democrats were not only able to profit from a “protest vote” against the Tories but also their “ability to squeeze the Labour vote tactically”. For the Tories to stay in power at the next election, they will have to hope that not only do their own voters come back to the ballot box, but that tactical voting does not become the norm – ‘Anyone but Boris’ majority could doom the Tories to electoral oblivion (The Telegraph/MSN News)

Hospitality bosses say businesses across Scotland could lose around £50 million due to the impact of industrial action taking place on the railways this week. “The rail strike is proving to be extremely damaging to hospitality businesses in Scotland. “UKHospitality Scotland estimates that the financial loss to our businesses this week will be in excess of £50 million. Three days of action has led to a week of cancellations and a lost weekend, leaving businesses already experiencing financial difficulties in an even tougher place.” A spokesperson for the organisation said: “We would be very concerned if strikes are to be prolonged throughout the summer as this would seriously impact key events such as the Edinburgh festivals and music festivals taking place across Scotland as well as further hampering the night-time sector.” Chair of Unite Hospitality’s Glasgow branch, Caitlin Lee, said: “A delegation from Unite Hospitality Glasgow branch joined the RMT picket line on Thursday at Central Station with their new banner in tow”Scotland’s hospitality industry could lose £50m due to rail strikes, body warns (Evening Standard/MSN News)

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has called on striking rail workers to call off the third walkout of the week scheduled for Saturday as weekend travel chaos looms. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association served notice to ballot dozens of members at TransPennine Express for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay, conditions and job security. Grant Shapps, the jaunty secretary of state for transport who treats politics as a branch of showbusiness, keeps telling Keir Starmer to condemn the rail strikes, as if the RMT, a union which has disaffiliated from Labour and hasn’t much time for the leader of the opposition, would meekly obey the order of a man they probably despise more than Shapps. Downing Street has demanded that the unions call off the strikes “as quickly as possible” but Mr Lynch was earlier quoted as saying by the BBC that Saturday’s industrial action might not be the last. More railway workers are to be balloted for strikes, with the Transport Salaried Staffs Association serving notice to ballot its members at Greater Anglia for strike action and action short of strike – over pay, conditions and job security – Grant Shapps urges workers to call off Saturday action as chaos looms (Independent/MSN News)

There was a sound rarely heard at Glastonbury as Billie Eilish became the youngest person to ever headline the festival: full on high pitched screaming. A hard core of Eilish devotees had packed the front of the Pyramid stage and helped ensure her set was as noisy and exciting as anything in Glastonbury’s 50-year history. Eilish paired high energy with soft, intimate vocals to captivate the Glastonbury crowd – MATTHEW BAKER. There was a lot of “track”, as they say in the live business. Occupying a vast stage as if she was born on it, investing her songs with warmth and passion, and interacting with her audience with twinkling, giggling spontaneity, Eilish offered a very human presence in the pop machine. Only 20 years old and two albums into her career, Eilish commanded Glastonbury with a lot more than mere professionalism, popularity and youthful chutzpah – Billie Eilish, Glastonbury review: Masterclass in modern pop on the Pyramid Stage (The Telegraph/MSN Entertainment)

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