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 October 17th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on October 31st.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a print run by now of 1000 copies. 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): police harass the Rainbow Camp at Greenham; how "Spies for Peace" infiltrated the 1963 Aldermaston march; we follow a nuclear convoy down the M4; a 25-foot peace symbol made up of daffodils is planted on the motorway embankment (not at the same time); the Militant faction of the Labour Party is short-sighted (can a legislated minimum wage help remove poverty?); the Militant faction is short-sighted (it won't admit that Labour can never be the Party of the Working Class); and Diogenes visits the Borough Council.