In his State of the Union Address opening the year 1998, President William Jefferson Clinton saw a solution to the "sterile debate between government is the enemy ... and government is the answer." He proposed, "[W]e have found a Third Way ... the smallest government in thirty-five years, but a more progressive one." For him it meant "a smaller government but a stronger nation." In 1998, also, the Labor prime minister Blair pronounced: "The 'Third Way' is the best label for the new politics which the progressive left is forging." Upon its "passionate ... commitment to social justice" it now ventured beyond "an Old Left preoccupied by state control, high taxation, and producer interests." 1 Against the Old Left he proudly claimed to lead New Labor. Both highly sensitive politicians, Clinton and Blair had learned their political-economic lesson of the late twentieth century.