Dominic Raab ‘will be ‘toast’ at next reshuffle as critics predict Boris Johnson will fire ‘control freak’ secretary of state over his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan
- Government sources claim Dominic Raab will be ‘toast’ to next cabinet reshuffle
- Mr Raab faces mounting criticism amid Whitehall blame game over Kabul exit
- State Department also under fire as critics claim response was ‘flat foot’
Dominic Raab will “toast a toast” to Boris Johnson’s next cabinet reshuffle for his approach to the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, it was claimed today.
The Secretary of State is increasingly being tipped to be taken out amid an escalating Whitehall blame game.
Raab’s allies believe he will be drafted by other departments as the ‘fall guy’ after Britain completes its chaotic exit from Kabul.
Mr Raab is expected to fight back and defend his record when he faces a grilling before the selected foreign affairs committee on Wednesday this week.
A senior government source claimed Dominic Raab will be ‘toast’ at the next cabinet reshuffle
Boris Johnson is not expected to shake up his top squad anytime soon, but reports have suggested Mr Raab could be replaced by Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove
A senior government source told The Times: ‘I think he’s rostered at the next reshuffle. It is a poorly run organization with a control freak at the helm who does not delegate anything. Officials are terrified of him.’
Mr Raab’s allies hit back, saying it is “ridiculous” to try to blame all Afghanistan-related government failures on the foreign minister.
They pointed the finger at other departments and said the Defense Ministry had not accurately predicted how soon the Taliban would seize control of the country, while the Interior Ministry was slow to finalize the Afghan resettlement plan.
A cabinet reshuffle does not appear imminent. Reports have suggested that Mr Raab could eventually be replaced by the cabinet minister Michael Gove.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has come under increasing fire for its response to the crisis in Afghanistan.
Today it was claimed that the department was slow to talk to countries around Afghanistan about setting up safe routes for refugees.
A minister told The Telegraph: ‘The diplomatic effort has been somewhat flat-footed. We should have been further down this road already.
“There’s a lot of work to be done in the region and it’s frustrating that it isn’t more advanced.”
A high-ranking Tory MP told the newspaper that the State Department is seen “like a basket”.
Raab was criticized earlier this month after he postponed his return from a luxury holiday at a five-star resort in Crete as the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated.
He insisted last week that he wasn’t “lazing on the beach” as Kabul fell and “engaged from a hotel room’.
However, Mr Raab admitted that ‘in hindsight I wouldn’t have left’.