I must admit I missed this one as I wasn't aware that it was illegal to fly a flag in the first place. All this probably fits in with the politically correct barking mad world in which we currently live. See also my post during the world cup on this sort of nonsense.
I was probably too closely involved in watching the world cup to notice that someone was being threatened with prosecution for displaying the national flag.
Anyway hats off to Yvette Cooper for displaying some common sense - a trait which is all too frequently missing from many government departments.
Sadly we won't be allowed to display our flags until April 2007 - I may just reinstate the flag on this blog as presumably that won't require planning permission.