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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 March 4th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on the 18th.

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): The first day of the women's conference has been a great success: getting together with other women, exchanging ideas about issues of mutual choosing and concern, making contact with so many others and generally having fun have already made it more than worthwhile. On the Borough Council it's no surprise that the Tories belong to a Pre-Victorian unenlightened tradition of self-satisfied, self-seeking, contemptuous arrogance; but after Liberals bow to the grammar school lobby, what price their manifesto? Acorn are due in court later this month, to prevent the forfeiture under the Obscene Publications Act of 47 drug-related titles, seized from the shop nearly a year ago, ranging from "Freak" comics to Penguin, Corgi and Granada paperbacks; in backing the demand for an 8 hour working day for the toiling masses, the International Worker's Congress (2nd International) accepted May 1st as a day for great international demonstration; and do you feel let down by demonstrations? Pagans Against Nukes invite you to dance and sing.