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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 1986; the latest issue is dated December 16th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on January 13th.

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): two "Claimants Advisers" set up shop at the Wessex House UBO, tasked with forcing selected unemployed people to sign off; but if you're signing on and your home has central heating (including night storage heaters) then you're entitled to additional benefits; come along to the New Year's direct action at USAF Upper Heyford; when the present geriatric patients are transferred from Prospect Park Hospital in Autumn 1987, the site will be closed and sold off; the likes of CND (Changing Nothing for Decades) have lead people into a trap by convincing them that "nuclear disarmament" in isolation is the issue; there's a moral issue in upholding the law; and Dumbo receives its TV premiere.