"While the Welsh gentry embraced the Acts and quickly attempted to merge themselves into English aristocracy, the majority of the population could have found themselves adrift amid a legal and economic system whose language and focus were unfamiliar to them."
The Social Economic Union Carwyn praise effectively banned the Welsh Language for nearly all of these 500 hundred years.
It was a Union that no Welsh people had a say in .
We did not have any choice in the matter . We were are conquered Nation absorbed into another.
So maybe Carwyn was refering ti the 1707 Act of Union whre Scotland 's Parliament agreed to merge with that of England ( There was no mention of Wales because it had legally ceased to exist).
Even then t bribery was also said to be a factor. £20,000 (£240,000 Scots) was dispatched to Scotland for distribution by the Earl of Glasgow. James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, the Queen's Commissioner in Parliament, received £12,325, more than 60% of the funding. (Some contend that all of this money was properly accounted for as compensation for loss of office, pensions and so forth not outwith the usual run of government. Robert Burns referred to this:
We're bought and sold for English Gold,Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation.
The survival of a Welsh Identity despite the Union and the pondering of a the First Minister happy to little real power and to avoid using those anyway
No you wouldn't mate.
One Question Carwyn may answer is why a Welsh Labour Poltician is happy that since 1922 when we Labour gained the largest Number of Welsh seats we have been under the thumb of a Tory government for most of the time.
Why are you happy to be governed by David Cameron rather than lead your owb people is it because you don't want to or can't.
In one of his earlier songs Dafydd wrote about "Y dyn pwysig i bobl bach" an Important man to little people. Sums up Carwyn precisely,