RED RAG

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 October 2nd (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 16th.

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 it was free.

In this issue (scan / txt): Secretary of State for the Environment Patrick Jenkin is dismantling the planning system (Heseltine merely toyed with the idea); looking around Reading it's hard to believe that anyone ever has said no to anything. The police drag "Stop the City" protestors out of the sanctuary of St. Paul's Cathedral; two days before the demo they raided the squat at the mill in Burghfield searching for "subversive literature"; there's talk of setting up a permanent Community Arts Centre, and also a Plantaholics Anonymous Group; and Nick has been doing the Events column for most of a year and would like to stop.