Is News Limited officially campaigning against the idea that democratically elected local community representatives should be constitutionally allowed to receive direct funding from the federal government? Seriously? Is it that petty and negative?

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is reportedly preparing to announce she will keep her signed 2010 promise with the crossbenchers and proceed with a referendum coinciding with the September 14 election to make it constitutional that Canberra can directly fund local councils. The Murdoch press have so far unloaded with three completely unhinged attacks on the proposal, which, both intellectually and factually, were nothing short of hysterical pap.