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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 June 24th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on July 8th.

Red Rag, or Reading's thinnest only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a readership of 4000. It printed pretty well everything it got sent ("unless the Collective judged it racist, sexist, right wing, supportive of oppressive religions, or boring"). 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 Cash Squeeze issue (scan / txt): there is no money. If you miss Citizen Cain, in-depth comment, the pleading of righteous causes, the lighthearted bits and the cutesy dingbats, there's an answer: they'll be back when we can afford to print them.