RED RAG (cover illustration)

Back Issues

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Established 1979
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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 1986; the latest issue is dated October 7th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 21st.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a readership in its heyday of 4000. It printed practically everything it got sent ("except poetry and party political broadcasts, provided it isn't racist, sexist, militarist or otherwise supportive of oppression"). 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. An indispensible source of local information? a forum for the self-indulgent and self-important? a continuous experiment in collective, de-centralised organisation? Who knew? In its first seven years it never sold a single copy; but now after much soul-searching a price had been put on the Rag's head...

In this issue (scan / txt): Reading DHSS is on a shortlist of offices onto which a new antifraud squad - the Board and Lodging Control Section - is to be unleashed; women do two thirds of the world's work for 5 percent of its income and 1 percent of its assents; the World Court orders the Reagan administration to cease its activities in Nicaragua and pay reparations; Reading Borough Council appoints an AIDS Liaison Officer; the Acorn Bookshop is ten years old and still growing; and the SWP debate "Labour and Socialism: the way forward?" with LPYS is to be challenged by brave anarchists defacing the posters.