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Despite the deadline looming ever closer, we still don’t have any kind of solution for Brexit. With the country equal parts anxious and exhausted, it seems we’re willing to try anything. Even a seance to summon the spirit of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher to ask her opinion on the matter.
This should solve everything pic.twitter.com/eiOmz1xIpu— Becky Horsbrugh (@BeckyRLH) September 9, 2019
A Japanese religious organization known as Happy Science is the group behind it. Branded a cult by many, their beliefs include the existence of numerous alien beings—including Wookies and Na’vi, albeit under other names—and that their leader is the current incarnation of Buddha, Jesus, and several other historic spiritual leaders. They’re also a right-wing political party in Japan whose policies are pro-immigration (in the name of population increase), pro-nuclear deterrent and wildly anti-Chinese, and anti-Korean. One of their leaders’ many talents includes the channeling of the spirits of the departed (and for some reason, Barack Obama even though he’s still alive) which is where Margaret Thatcher and Brexit comes in.
Despite the fact that Brexit wasn’t even on the cards back then, the seance in question actually took place in 2013 on the day after her death. It’s only now with Brexit looming that they’re screening the full recording in London on both the 13th and 19th of September. By following the QR code on the fliers (or just clicking play on the link below) you can see a selection of clips from the seance where Thatcher apparently blames Germany and France for the failings of the EU, encourages Japan to attack China and shouts for Denis, not quite realizing that she’s dead.
Overall, people seem concerned.
fuck me, happy science are holding a margaret thatcher seance— laynaw (@_laynaw) September 9, 2019
Summon Margaret Thatcher back via seance is risky imo. Could go all John Constantine on the folks who do it and end up dragging a child to hell or something. Best leave it— Admiral Ackbars Memoriam (@GhostofAckbar) September 8, 2019
if everyone who attends this is haunted by the angry ghost of margaret thatcher, they deserve it— Elizabeth May (@_ElizabethMay) September 9, 2019
Though as Twitter user @einkuhnergott points out, there have certainly been worse suggestions for solving the problem of Brexit.
Phone was dead at the time so no pic but I saw an ad for a no deal themed Margaret Thatcher seance in sainsbury's and it's left me wondering whether occult communication with dead politicians in fact provides the best hermeneutic for solving the Brexit issue.— Ein Kühner Gott 🇬🇧🌳 (@einkuhnergott) September 6, 2019
You think it was a coincidence Brexit day was scheduled for Halloween?— Joe Harrigan (@JoeHa11igan) September 8, 2019
Tories so desperate now they're trying to summon Thatcher back from the dead. pic.twitter.com/L7g8CFW5WP— MMartin (@Michael_MXP) September 9, 2019
But it seems that the spirit of Thatcher isn’t the only psychic among us, because several people, including satire site The Waterford Whispers, actually predicted something very much like this long before the announcement by Happy Science.
Tories Organise Seance To Get Margaret Thatcher Brexit Advice https://t.co/iUULk8AS6A— WWN (@WhispersNewsLTD) April 23, 2018
BBC DP Wall to wall right wingers, including Boris Johnson's Dad. I was expecting a seance to get Thatcher and Churchill back! FFS!— richard oneill (@silverrich39) October 6, 2017
Imagining the Brexit MEPs getting together after EU Parliamentary sessions, to perform a séance.— WG Saraband 🏴🇵🇹🏳️🌈 (@wgsaraband) July 4, 2019
Sitting around naked, humming "And did those feet in ancient time..." until the ghost of Thatcher coalesces and says: "Even for me, this is too much", before returning to Hell.
I'm surprised they haven't held a seance, and invoked the spirits of Churchill and Thatcher for guidance.— Matthew Lambert (@matthewlambert_) March 24, 2019
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org