All Cameron did was choose not to join other 26 countries

The red squirrel is in decline across the UK   
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It’s not often I agree with Ed Miliband, so it would be churlish not to acknowledge this rare event.

During the skirmish in the Commons, he mentioned that David Cameron had not actually exercised a veto.

I’ve been boring friends and family with this very point since every newspaper and other media outlet began adopting this slovenly use of the word.

My dictionary defines a veto as ‘a power of one department or branch of a government to forbid or prohibit finally or provisionally the carrying out of projects attempted by another department.’

Cameron did not prevent the other 26 countries from carrying out their project – he merely chose not to join them.

There is a big difference.