Few things demonstrate the power of a leader better than a reshuffle.
Last November, Carwyn Jones refreshed his top team. And for the second time, he gave a job to someone from outside the Labor Party by appointing former plaid Cymru leader Lord Elis-Thomas as minister.
It was the act of a leader who felt comfortable in his work. [1
- Carwyn Jones to quit as first minister
Since Carrowyn Jones handed over the promotions – and Carl Sargeant has dismissed – his authority has expired.
He was tested in office: his time as first minister coincided with the steel crisis, a Brexit election he fought against, and he was puzzled how to improve services with a shrinking budget.
But nothing comes close to the last months.
In truth, Carwyn Jones had a good wind.
His party was united and his opponents divided.
Even a dramatic equality of votes that brought his progress into office in 2016 was just that – drama. There was no realistic prospect for Plaid Cymru, the Conservatives and the UKIP, who joined forces to dethrone him.
There was never any indication of a challenge to his authority within the Labor Group in the Assembly.
In the 1980s, Carwyn Jones Labor joined Law School at Aberystwyth University.
He was a barrister in Swansea before being elected AM for Bridgend – his hometown – in the 1999 first election. at the age of 32 years.
He was a disciple of Rhodri Morgan. After his death in 2017, Mr. Jones described him as a "father figure."
While Alun Michael, the first leader of the Welsh Labor, staggered under devolution, Morgan recalled in his autobiography how he met Carwyn Jones at a pub in the Vale of Glamorgan to discuss her next move.
When he got the chance, Mr Morgan promoted the young AM to his cabinet and replaced Christine Gwyther in July 2000 as responsible for agriculture.
Talking about drumming in the countryside with farmers may not be the most glamorous job prospects for ambitious Labor politicians
It was his making of. The foot-and-mouth disease tore rural Britain while Carwyn Jones was on the alert.
The response to the outbreak in 2001 was an early test for the young minister and the young decentralized government.
He was a mainstay of the Morgan Cabinets, his last job being General Council in the Coalition with Plaid Cymru.
Rhodri Morgan never anointed him – or anyone else – as a chosen successor, but it was widely believed that Carwyn Jones would be the man to beat if someone wanted Welsh to become a Labor leader.
The job was vacated when Mr. Morgan retired in 2009 as the first Minister.
After leaving rivals Edwina Hart and Huw Lewis behind, Carwyn Jones began imprinting his mark on the Coalition Cabinet, using allies in a rearrangement – including Carl Sargeant.
In two parliamentary elections under his leadership, Labor fell without a majority, forcing Mr. Jones to consolidate his position by addressing his opponents.
But these election results were better than many expected. The election system of the assembly makes majorities elusive.
In public, Carwyn Jones was a sure-footed actor, especially as he roamed his preferred terrain, such as the intricacies of the British constitution. A strange invitation to store nuclear weapons at Milford Haven in 2012 was a rare faux pas.
Delivery was his watchword. It was intended as a code for better public services.
Enemies and supporters can choose from a range of statistics on the performance of schools and hospitals to find arguments for and against his records.
Similar to the economy, Carwyn Jones & # 39; s Welsh government claims the loan for low unemployment. The British government too
Big plans remain unfulfilled. A planned merger of local councils never came about. Newport's M4 Relief Road is in the hands of a design review.
He headed the further decentralization. Carwyn Jones was the first minister when the Assembly received full legislative powers and their first tax powers.
But he has failed to secure power over the police he wanted. Reforms in the way the Welsh Government is funded have not gone as far as it wanted.
In 2016 he said that sometimes it was difficult for his family to be the first minister – a job he "loves". He and Mrs Lisa have a son, Ruairi, and a daughter, Seren.
The speculation was widespread, but only his closest confidants know when Mr. Jones could have resigned if he could have chosen his own schedule.
"My children only knew me as a minister and you make sacrifices in this job," he said.
Carwyn Jones spoke of ending a decade of birth and bringing him to 2019 – perhaps an indication he wanted ten years in office.