According to a major study carried out by the University of Essex, the British, as a people, are becoming less honest.

(As a nation we are becoming increasingly relaxed about “low-level dishonesty. The study found that in the year 2000, 70% of people believed an extramarital affair could never be justified; today, the proportion is about 50%. The number of people who say keeping money found in the street is never justified fell from 40% to 20%. Lying and breaking the speed limit have also become an accepted part of life, but fabricating a job application  is less acceptable, however many people do not rule it out.  Always check those references. )