It’s worth noting that, in his speech on Wednesday setting out the Conservatives’ position on the European Union following Czech ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, David Cameron put heavy emphasis on the ‘ultimate authority’ of the UK Parliament. (It’s not quite clear to me how that squares with use of a referendum, but never mind.) The centrality of Parliament in Conservative thinking is easily underplayed, but nothing the Tories do makes sense without appreciating it. Its ramifications for how devolution might work are considerable, even if they’re not all immediately apparent. As suggested below, the main one is an insistence on the superiority of the UK level over devolved institutions – a point that hasn’t always been evident hitherto. In a nutshell: those who expect a Tory/SNP rapprochement may be in for a surprise.