It is a very interesting article and was the first time I realised that potentially Nerys could be out of front line politics from May.
In the article Nerys is rightly proud of the progress Plaid Cymru has made over the last 10 years. She points out that despite devolution and the fact that Labour and the Conservatives have now re-branded themselves as Welsh parties, Plaid are riding higher than ever before.
However in my opinion the real challenges for Plaid still lie ahead. The re-branding of the Conservatives and Labour in Wales has so far been little more that window dressing. As devolution develops and evolves it is inevitable that the two main parties will seek greater autonomy in order to avoid disputes and conflict with their masters in London.
This is likely to lead to separate political parties in Wales who whilst aligned with the main parties in London, will be completely independent.
At this stage the question will be put to the Welsh public of small vs large state and Plaid may well be left on the sidelines. Chances are that the left leaning Plaid supporters will fall in with Labour whilst the pro business wing will jump on board with the Conservatives.
It is only when the dust of full devolution has finally settled will we finally know whether there is any future for Plaid Cymru.