Nation in Transit: A Manifesto for Post-Brexit Britain
By (author) Phil Anderson
In 2011, the borough of Thurrock in Essex stepped into the national spotlight when it came bottom of the national league table for life satisfaction. By 2015 that disaffection and anger had boiled over into political insurrection, and Thurrock led Britain out of the door of the EU with one of the highest `leave’ votes in the country.Starting from the underlying causes of the mass dissatisfaction that brought us to here, this book spells out a clear vision for what a post-Brexit Britain should look like. From unemployment to immigration, council estates to the banking industry, and local communities to the global environment, it takes a long, hard look at what really creates the conditions for people and communities to flourish and why we’re just not feeling it as a nation. The answers combine radical political ideas with grass roots Essex reality; because if the solutions don’t work for White Van Man then they probably won’t work at all.
Phil Anderson is a battle-hardened local politician from Thurrock in South Essex, branded by the national media as “”Britain’s most Eurosceptic area”” and “”the country’s capital of misery””.Phil won his council seat in Thurrock in 2010 by a nail-biting 29 votes.Within a year of being elected, he found himself as opposition leader in one of the tightest marginal constituencies in the UK. Phil became the local Conservative party Chairman in advance of the 2015 general election, where Thurrock emerged as UKIP’s no.1 target. The Conservatives held the seat in what came to be seen as one of the key political bellwethers of the election.Phil has been a Director of the Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the Thurrock Racial Unity Support Taskgroup, and a regular media contributor in print, radio, internet, and occasional TV.He lives in Thurrock, is married to Lisa, and has two teenage daughters.