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Back Issues

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Established 1979
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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1982; the latest issue is dated September 5th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 19th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a dedicated readership by now of over 800. It aimed to publicise and encourage a wide spectrum of subversion and culture in Reading; it kept people in touch with an events diary which spanned the activities of groups as diverse as organic gardeners and anarchists, anti-nuclear activists and civic planners, wild-eyed liberals and woolly communists; it contained news and views and details of things to do in and around Reading which the local press couldn't or wouldn't touch. And it was free.

In this issue (scan / txt): health workers plan a national day of action over pay; the Tebbit Act plans to end the closed shop and makes it illegal for unions to take seconday industrial action; Courage deny that there's any danger to the public from the asbestos dust drifting out of the old Brewery site; Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp is one year old; eviction of the Rainbow Peace Settlement outside the Green Gate is imminent; rumour has it that the first 70 cruise missiles have already arrived; Burghfield Peace Camp is low on support and will probably close later this month; Reading Police take a softly, softly approach at the Reading Festival (and so arrest 100 people, mainly for cannabis offenses); they have failed to get all their vehicles painted regulation colours and we print the registrations of some Ford Cortinas.