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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every (usually) two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1983; the latest issue is dated May 29th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on June 12th.

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 1240. It printed pretty well everything it got sent ("unless the Collective judged it racist, sexist, right wing, or supportive of oppressive religions"). It aimed to provide a decent alternative coverage of local news and issues from a radical non-aligned position; to promote subversive and creative initiatives; to provide a forum for unorthodox views; to allow some sort of co-existence between a huge variety of interests. And it was free.

In this issue (scan / txt): the WEA issues a pamphlet on Reading's local economy (So what's all this about unemployment? Why is there no discussion of money? Or of wages at all, or of the quality, as opposed to the quantity, of jobs in the area? Or of whether most jobs are worth doing at all - we are told there are "moral implications" in the fact that 10% of the working population is employed by defence companies - so why should it just be assumed that anyone without a job ought to have one?). A four day blockade is planned at USAF Upper Heyford; someone wants to build a road across the "Coal" and a plant survey is proposed; the Family Planning Clinic hesitates before issuing cervical caps to the unemployed; Workers Power gets uppity, twice; and David Owen is rendered speechless by a custard pie.