It is 2250 and yet we find the news that5 a Senedd member is stepping down from Cardiff Bay, citing lack of childcare support and the "aggressive" tone of online debate as part of her reasoning.
Announcing her departure plans, she said it had been a "privilege more than words can properly describe" to represent the region and that she was "immensely proud of all the campaigns and initiatives" she had been involved with.
Ms Sayed, whose son is five months old, said leaving the Senedd was "in part a decision that could have been different if we had a better set up here in Wales" for dealing with childcare responsibilities.
"Many people wish to believe that Welsh politics is family friendly," she added. "I don't think it is yet, sadly, there is still a long way to go."
Ms Sayed also highlighted what she called the "often relentlessly negative nature of our politics today".
Many of us do not realise the hours of work our elected members put in on our behalf. and does not just consist in siting in the siambr taking part in debates.
It is not a 9-5 job and for those who take their role seriously it involve much unread constituency work an in Bethan's case this include fightin for the pension of workers at Tata steel perhaps reflected with her vote in the Aberavon Constituency in the 2016 Senedd Election in what is can be considered a Labour safe seat.
|Plaid Cymru||Bethan Jenkins||4,176||20.0||+5.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Helen Ceri Clarke||1,248||6.0||−0.8|
The sad thing is that things are not going to change , though increasing the number of Senedd Members would help.
Not a popular suggestion I know , but it could ease the burden on MS's sitting in to many committees and enabling them to deal with their casework, probably the most unsung and time consuming part of the Job.
There may be Senedd members who do not work as hard as Bethan Sayed has , but for many even for those with comfortable majorities , they take their role seriously.
For those with young families male or female , there is an additional burden , the fact that it has become too much for one of our ablest and brightest MS's is telling.
Sadly I doubt things will change but unless they do we will continue to be governed by Grey Men, who have no idea how ordinary people cope and denying an alternative and talented representation (mostly women) , who have to put childcare first