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Allegro molto

Senior Member

But the Right Honorable Lord Davies of Oldham was warming to the question of the hour: a proposal to change "may" to "should" on Page 10, Line 7, of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.
"If you have a criterion that says that you 'may' do something, that is not a positive criterion," observed Lord Davies, a labour peer who once worked as a schoolteacher.
(from In Britain, Lords of the insults, IHT)

The word "criterion" appears twice in the sentence above. Does it mean "a way of expression" in both cases, rather than "a standard", please?

Thank you
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