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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 19th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on October 3rd.

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): the TUC day of action over health workers' pay is this week: pickets, secondary walk-outs and a demonstration in London are planned; the County Council claims that cuts in its Social Services budget won't lead to redundancies; winter is on its way and the peace camps put out an appeal for supplies; planning starts for May Day '83; the damage done to Albion Fayres by the notorious Peace Convoy; the difficulties faced by a man trying to obtain contraceptives on the NHS; and a totally pointless article subtitled "Combating Racism In The Women's Movement" which is utter tripe and I do hope it gets jumped on next time.