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Thinking Allowed - Weapon dogs and 'Neds'

Updated Wednesday 20th February 2013

This week's Thinking Allowed looks at the phenomenon of weapon dogs and the growth of 'Ned' pride in Scotland.

This week, Laurie Taylor discusses the phenomenon of weapon dogs with Simon Harding, the author of Unleashed.

Also discussed is the growth of 'Ned' pride in Scotland. 'Ned', or non educated delinquent, is the Scottish equivalent of the English term 'Chav'. It refers stereotypically to uneducated and anti social youth.

But the sociologist, Robert Young, finds that some young Scots, including middle class teenagers, are proudly adopting the 'Ned' label as a mark of sub cultural rebellion.

Thinking Allowed is on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesdays at 4.00pm and repeated on Monday mornings at 12.15am. Full transmission details, and listen again links, can be found on


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