It's a hallowed tradition that goes back hundreds of years, to a time when the only way to get punters along to your bear-baiting show was to nail handbills to trees. But MP Sydney Glee's private members bill would make it illegal for fairground operators and circus owners to wallpaper over other people's property with dozens of identical advertising posters, without asking the owner first.
Glee is fed up seeing shop fronts, telephone boxes, lamp-posts and slow-moving pensioners decorated with the colourful yet hard-to-remove stickers.
But fairground operator Bernie Mugden sees it differently.
"It's just another of these evil changes set to challenge our very existence," he explained. "Like education and the Wii."
"As anyone who reads their Magna Carta knows, fly-posting is one of those things enshrined in our history, along with the right to glue coconuts to the shy, ride on the back of dodgems, churn up the grass in public parks and print our own safety certificates. The next thing we'll know, we won't even be allowed to play head-splitting disco music out of speakers covered in torn vinyl without some numpty asking us to shell out for a PRS licence," Mugden continued.
But Glee is determined to push his bill through. "If the House supports this, I might also consider trying for a radical change to legislation which could make it possible to ask fairgrounds to pay something towards tax and VAT."