Blogger went off line yesterday so news of Ieuan Wyn Jone' announcement that he will stand down as Plaid Cymru leader in the first half of the Welsh assembly's five-year term. has not hit the Welsh bloggersphere in the numbers you would expect, He said it had always been his intention to leave the role at some point before the next election in 2016
So there will not be contest yet; But already Dafydd Elis Thomas has thrown his hat in the ring indicating that he would lead the Party into coalition with Labour. But I can't see someone who has severed 12 years as Llywedd becoming leader of the Party and he would only be seen as a stop gap untill a nsomeone who is not yet a AM is elected in 2016 but clearly he has much to offer.
But by delaying his departure Jones has probably make this likely as the party will be looking for a younger leader who will take the Party forward in the next 10 years.
The delay also allows the Party to amend any constitutional barrier demanding the leader must be a member of the Assembly and allowing the "Pri(n)e over the water" to stand or allow Simon Thomas time to establish himself in the Assembly.
Others may include Elin Jones who can probably shake of the controvert of the Badger Cull by the time of the next election and who has been impressive in government.
So expect a lot of manouvering in the next yeat and it at least means Plaid Members will be attending their next conference concentrating on the preformance of the Leadership contenders rather than that of poor recent election results.
Which may just be what IWJ has planned for.