The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. In his essay Politics and the English Language, George Orwell wrote, "It is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes." That came true with a vengeance in two recent developments.   The Saskatchewan New Democrats were returned to power through skilful manipulation of the facts. They alleged that the opposition Saskatchewan Party was planning to sell off SaskTel and other Crown corporations. The SaskParty’s platform was nowhere near as blatant but the fear campaign proved successful. At least the NDP was cleaving closer to the truth than it did a few years ago when it used the slogan, "Don’t Let Them Take Medicare"-even though nobody was suggesting such a thing. That bit of election skulduggery got them re-elected as well. The capitalist sector is just as adept at spinning as the socialists. Bell Canada has filed a 21-page application with the CRTC requesting symmetric regulations for providers of telephony, television and high-speed Internet. As our lead story shows, it is a controversial topic. But it is the telecommunication giant’s selective use of language that is most intriguing. It talks about the intrusion of EastLink into circuit-switched telephony and the possibility that larger cablecos will roll out Voice over IP in a big way. It cites the findings of a Decima Research study that discovered that consumers are abandoning wireline for other technologies (NL, Oct. 15/03). Bell mentions the increased appetite Call-Net Enterprises Inc. has for providing local residential service. Bell does concede that it is venturing into VoIP with help from Nortel Networks. But strangely absent from its application is any mention of the provision of television over DSL. The central Canadian ILEC has not been in the forefront of the broadband broadcasting sector to the same extent as Telus, Manitoba Tel and the still-publicly-owned SaskTel. But future developments in the field, coupled with Bell ExpressVu’s dominance in the satellite market, mean that the telcos could chip away at cable market share as surely as cable seeks a toehold in telephony.