Politics Explained

Has Dominic Raab done enough to keep his job?

Following his evasive performance before MPs, Adam Forrest takes a look at whether the foreign secretary will be the fall guy for failure in Afghanistan

Wednesday 01 September 2021 21:30
<p>Head scratcher: Raab is questioned on Wednesday </p>

Head scratcher: Raab is questioned on Wednesday

Ever since he packed up his flip flops and headed home from his now infamous holiday in Crete, Dominic Raab has endured resignation calls from the opposition and gossip about demotion at the next cabinet reshuffle. Will the foreign secretary be “toast” come Boris Johnson’s next shake-up, as Whitehall sources have suggested?

Raab’s 90-minute grilling by MPs about Afghanistan on Wednesday was the ideal chance to defend himself – but the evasive, prickly appearance managed to raise fresh questions about the handling of the crisis and his own political future.

The foreign secretary passed up the chance to apologise for his actions during the Taliban takeover, repeatedly refused to say when he headed off to the Greek island, and blamed faulty intelligence for the failure to spot Kabul’s fall coming.

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