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Architect hangs huge Union Jack from his Edinburgh flat

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Ken Drew draws international media attention after being pictured by Times photographer

Ken Drew, of Taylor Drew Architecture, lives in a 19th Century tenement block in Edinburgh’s New Town and saw his political gesture covered in newspapers ranging from the local Edinburgh Evening News to the Australian after he was pictured in The Times last week.

Drew - who joined with neighbours to hang the flag and a banner above it reading ‘Proud to be Scots, delighted to be united’ - believes thousands of passing motorists have seen them.

He told AJ he was troubled by the depth of the division in Scotland ahead of Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence (18 September).

He said: ‘This has divided Scotland down the middle and I think there will be a residual divide with the UK [whatever the result].

‘We are better together on major issues such as the economy, health and defence – on all these things were are much stronger as a nation together.’

Drew, who believes the no campaign will triumph ‘by the skin of its teeth’, said: ‘The yes campaign does appear to be better organised. The ‘no’ voters both in the Better Together campaign and among the general public seem to be a bit more reticent in making their views known and I can’t put my finger on why that is.’

He added: ‘There is great concern among business people and the business community about what will happen after the result and particularly if it’s a yes vote.’

Two of Edinburgh’s most famous architects have publicly clashed over independence with Malcolm Fraser putting himself forward as a spokesman for the Architects for Yes campaign and Richard Murphy responding with a warning that this would result in ‘economic limbo’ for Scottish businesses.

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