John grew up in a atmosphere of left wing pacifism. By the age of 21, he had become somewhat cynical and skeptical. His political leanings were liberal and democratic. He hoped to see an end to the empires, and other forms of tyranny, which existed in the post World War Two world.
In his profession, namely Surveying, Valuing and Estate Agency, most people were active members of the Conservative Party. John remained a discreet liberal agnostic. From 1968 to 1972, John lived and worked in Australia. He worked in the Mining Industry as a Trades Assistant and Crane Driver.
In 1970, he was elected to the position of Chairman of the Combined Unions at Groote Eylandt, N.T. He only stood for the position to avoid loss of face, following a challenge. He never expected to be elected, and never sought the office. However, the outgoing Chairman preferred him to the other candidate, and fiddled the vote to ensure John's election.
This experience gave John an insight into the real nature of Trades Unions; and the behaviour of Anti-Trade Union Firms such as his employer at Groote, namely BHP. His cynicism and skepticism increased. All his attempts to create good industrial relations were continually sabotaged by the Company. BHP did not the Trades Unions to be popular.
John returned to the United Kingdom in 1972, and set up his own surveying practice in Plymouth. He decided to investigate the realities of British Politics by joining the Labour Party in that year. He was rapidly promoted to the Executive of the General Management Committee of the Devonport Labour Party. He helped run the entertainment's committee, which was expected to raise funds for the Party.
However, after witnessing local party corruption and anti-democratic practices, he complained to the National Leadership. They sent a regional organizer down to investigate, who told John that the Labour Party would be taking no action on either matter, because it had to concentrate on winning the forthcoming elections. John decided that any Party which would not uphold its own democratic constitution and root out corrupt practices, was not a Party which he wished to remain a member of. So in 1974, John resigned from the Labour Party.
In 1976, John formed his own political party and called it the Social Independence Party. It was very unorthodox, having no constitution or policies. Furthermore, the Party rules required the Leadership positions to be rotated every year, with no executive member serving for more than a maximum of seven years. However, all prospective members declared it to be impractical. So it was closed down, and replaced with the more orthodox Centre Party in 1977.
The object of the Centre Party was to establish government by co-operation rather than division. It fostered the idea of a national government comprising all the democratic political parties, with the position of Prime minister being rotated every year. All political disputes between the parties were to be settled by mandatory popular referendums. This system worked well in Switzerland, and John thought it could be successfully modified to suit the United Kingdom.
However, the Centre Party was not a great success. It only managed to attract thirteen members during its nine years of existence. John meant to maintain the Party for ten years, but his scientific research into general evolution showed that co-operative systems of government would never become a normal system, unless there was a fundamental change in human behaviour. So the Centre Party was wound up in 1986.
In 1990, John was approached by a Canadian Publisher called John Badger. They had met in the 1970's when John Badger asked John to write a political book to create interest in the Centre Party. However, John did not consider himself a writer and declined the request.
By 1990, John Badger had retired from publishing and wanted to enter British Politics. He was worried about Britain's apparent decline, and felt that Britain was being eclipsed within the Common Market. He wanted to reform the British Political system through the establishment of a populist party, and to encourage the Britain to become independent.
John agreed to help to establish a reform party, and worked on the Constitution and basic policies. However, he demurred from the idea of setting up a populist political party. As an alternative, he was prepared to help establish a Campaign for Reform, which might lead eventually to the establishment of a reform party, whose aims would be determined by its members. John Badger acquiesced with this idea.
So the Campaign for Reform was established. However, prospective members were put off by the possibility of a political extension; so it was decided to abandon this concept, and concentrate on the central theme of the Campaign for Reform. This concerned the establishment of referendums.
As a result, the Campaign for Reform became the Campaign for Referendums. John Waters was elected to the position of Chairman, while John Badger and Eileen Tomany accepted the positions of Consultants to the Campaign. Although the Campaign is non political, John Waters was commissioned to write a series of political articles to illustrate the possible uses of referendums, within the context of local, national and continental situations. These articles can be accessed below.
Please note that the articles were originally written in 1996, and have been slightly amended for inclusion on this site.