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Tim Lott is a British author and journalist

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The statistics released today confirmed longer-term trends – including the decline in homicides, with 551 recorded in the year to 2013, nine fewer than in the previous 12 months

Tim Lott: Crime down, good things on the up: You’ve got to admit, it’s getting better

Our negative view of ourselves may be twisted or out of date

I’ve left my working-class roots behind. So why does Radio 4 still annoy me?

‘Authenticity’ is central to the ethos of the working-class, especially moral authenticity

Prurience is not so much an aberration as an everyday part of everyone’s psyche, and inextricably wrapped up with a natural curiosity and eagerness to know

Yes it's normal to look – but also to look away

We find it hard to resist sensational headlines. But when we cross the fine line between curiosity and prurience, we claim it is for educational reasons

Made up: Children in the 1970s had time to develop inventive skills

Michael Gove must make time for Pooh-sticks

Our nagging work ethic is costing our children their childhood

We need a more nuanced view of Thatcher. That’s why I wrote a novel that was told from the point of view of a Wapping printer

Thatcher’s Britain had many victims, but many success stories too. I speak as the product of the striving rather culture-less working class that she set out to appeal to

Professor Paul Frampton claims he was duped into carrying the cocaine by criminals posing as bikini model Denise Milani. Miss Milani knew nothing of the scam.

The case of Denise Milani and the British scientist proves – set a honeytrap and men fall in every time

This week a 68-year-old British scientist came before the courts, claiming his crimes were all for the love of a leggy supermodel. Could a grown man be that stupid?

Andy Watt

Death is not a full stop on the end of someone's life – merely a hyphen

Jimmy Savile will not be left in peace. Whether raking over dead coals is right is not the question

No more shades of grey: why, in a world of paradoxes, can't we hold contradictory ideas in our minds?

Judge Peter Bowers is right. Whether in politics or our personal lives,

we think in binary terms. This is the tragedy of our species

Tim Lott: We have surprised ourselves – and our potential is unlimited

For as long as he can recall, the Britain our writer knows has been self-loathing and apologetic. Now, with the Games, the country has drawn itself up to its full height

Suicidal thoughts make Springsteen a better role model than happier folk

Tim Lott: You've got to fight for your right to frown

Our writer is sceptical about those who find it easy to be happy

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