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Why Boris Johnson is unlikely to sack Dominic Raab, despite the mess of the Afghan evacuation

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31.08.2021

The UK has left Afghanistan, but the debate over who is responsible for the chaotic nature of the departure is only just beginning. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, has found himself under repeated criticism.

Even in August in Westminster when most MPs are on holiday, you don’t have to walk far to find someone ready to tip him for the chop come the reshuffle.

A series of failings from a badly timed holiday to unread emails to foreign office staff leaving details of Afghan interpreters in the British embassy means the Foreign Secretary and his department are on the receiving end in the Whitehall blame game.

“It’s not been their finest hour,” says one minister.

On Tuesday morning. Raab attempted to push back, suggesting that the failure to anticipate how quickly Kabul would fall was a mistake by military intelligence and that at least one inbox of unanswered email was a Ministry of Defence responsibility.

With a government source suggesting Raab’s handling of the Afghan crisis meant he “has about as much chance of being in a top four position by next spring as Arsenal”, potential successors are already being talked up.

Fresh from being touted as the likely new Home Secretary, Michael Gove is being tipped as Raab’s successor in a reshuffle........

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