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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 October 30th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on November 13th.

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 1300. 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 in four years it had never sold a single copy.

In this issue (scan / txt): Holocaust denier David Irving is invited to speak at the University and demonstrators try to disrupt the lecture: justifiable outrage or playing into the wrong hands with the publicity they generate? We argue it both ways. To the cry of "Paki bastards" a passing rugby team demolishes one of the food shops on Cemetery Junction and the police keep a low profile. The council makes certain it won't build any more houses by selling off all its undeveloped land; the Events listing accidentally calls the Centre for the Jobfree by another name; and our guide to alternative Reading, "Reading Between the Lines", really will appear with the next issue.