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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 1984; the latest issue is dated April 15th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 29th.

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 and a half years it had never sold a single copy.

In this issue (scan / txt): the trial of 12 Greenham Women, accused of criminal damage for cutting the fence during last July's blockade, is suspended and the jury dismissed after a front-page and centre-fold "exclusive" in the "Daily Express" names one of the women; the judge celebrates by removing all the defendants' unconditional bail. The Ministries of Defence and Transport really did conspire together with the police in a "road widening" scheme designed to displace the Peace Camp; election canvassers are urged to make close observations as they go from door to door (empty properties are of interest to those who feel that homelessness requires urgent attention, and suddenly vacated homes of American service personnel might function as early warnings of nuclear incidents at Greenham); it's difficult for local authorities to implement the new civil defence regulations because the Government won't publish any assumptions about warning periods, number and type of bombs expected, or whatever; the food at Veggie Dining is entirely vegan but no-one is sure about the musicians; and in the last issue of Red Rag it was erroneously suggested that the Yellow Paper on Freedom of Information was available from Acorn. As this document is subject to the Official Secrets Act it is not available to members of the public concerned with freedom of information.