Yet, while there will need to be a limited inquiry into the intelligence failures that preceded this crisis, the response of Ministers and wider concerns about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s leadership, the immediate priority remains the evacuation of UK nationals and local people who have assisted British troops for nearly 20 years.
With reports of Afghans people being suffocated to death in the piercing heat as soldiers from the UK and other Western nations try to organise the evacuation, it would be reassuring to know that Mr Raab – and also Boris Johnson – are exerting sufficient diplomatic pressure to make this possible.
And given how this crisis has left British and American foreign policy in disarray, with Defence Secretary Ben Wallace once again renewing his grim warning that there will be deserving people who don’t make it out of Afghanistan in time, it would be helpful if the PM and Foreign Secretary started providing more regular updates to the nation.
After all, the Government spent £2.6m of taxpayers’ money of public meeting on a Downing Street briefing room. Why not use it to demonstrate the work that Mr Raab has apparently been undertaking and to make an even more persuasive case for Britain to accept Afghan refugees? All the near-silence suggests is that the Foreign Secretary is still not on top of his brief.
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