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Back Issues

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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 July 24th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on August 14th.

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 1250. 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 Tories claim that National Health services are not being "cut" so much as "rationalized"; the Arms Race pays a visit; the "Walk for Life" from Faslane nuclear submarine base to Greenham Common reaches Reading; and during the Parliamentary debate which legalized CB radio a Home Office spokesman said, "The government must realise the dangers involved in allowing large numbers of people to communicate with each other". Indeed.

Talking of danger, the 1983 edition of Red Rag's unpronounceable guide "Reading Between the Lines" is due out with the next Rag. But it won't be on this website unless somebody other than me wants to do the work of putting it there. Get in touch.