Step 1. Start rumours that the govt is spying on the public's $stuff, e.g. turning on everyone's Echoes etc.
Step 2. Govt starts taking serious public heat and discovered it's been courageous (as in Yes Minister).
Step 3. Govt appeals to telecoms companies to deny the existence of such TCNs
Step 4. Telecoms companies point out they have to keep shtum about TCNs and can't possibly confirm or deny they exist.
Step 5. What was that about an election?