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Diary of a CERN-slayer

24th August:

I need to steady my hand and my mind to get these few thoughts down, because today has been the most thrilling day of my life. I can honestly say I’ve never been more proud to be part of this community: one that has never had ideas above its station, and has never sought special treatment. All we’ve ever wanted is the freedom to be perfectly ordinary, and the right to contribute on exactly the same basis as all other citizens. That shouldn’t have been too much to ask, and yet for years it seemed to be far, far too much to ask. We’ve been treated as scapegoats, as trash, as if our very existence is ofensive. But not today. And not from this day on. With the new law that has just been passed, we are “CyberNats” no more – unless we choose to be.

25th August:

What beter way to celebrate the irst full day of emancipation than to take our rightful place at a meeting of the SNP National Executive Commitee? It was the idea of Caitlin, our lovely Inclusion Rep. It’s strange, though: although I’ve fought as hard as anyone for equality, when the time came to actually claim my rights in a concrete, real world way, I suddenly retreated into myself. I felt like an impostor, as if I had no business whatsoever being at an SNP National Executive Commitee meeting. But Caitlin was brilliant. She made me see that I had internalised all the inadequacies and unworthiness that the movement had projected onto “CyberNats” over a long period of years, and that it was time to leave all of that behind now. So along with a couple of other ex-CNs, Gerry and Sophie, I stood up straight and tall and walked into that room without even a sliver of shame.

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Welcome to the new scrumdiddlyumptious issue of the award winning iScot Magazine number 54 The front cover artwork is designed by Stewart Kerr Brown and represents our maybe new Prime Minister of Boris Johnson pictured as John Bull with a hint of Pennywise from IT by Stephen King . We’re screwed tbh.