CIVIL servants working from home left the fate of many Britons inAfghanistan in the Taliban’s hands, it was claimed yesterday.
Time is said to have been lost because as many as four out of five staff couldn’t access information. One Cabinet minister said: “People were left to the Taliban who could have been saved. People who needed to see documents didn’t see them.We lost a week.”
Britain evacuated 15,000 people from Kabul in a fortnight, including more than 5,000 UK nationals.
But hundreds were left behind. Dominic Raab, who refused to cut short a holiday, later lost his Foreign Secretary post.
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Three top civil servants were also reportedly on holiday. The criticism comes as former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith calls for officials to lead by example and return to their offices. Tory chairman Oliver Dowden said it was time to get off their Peloton exercise bikes.
The Cabinet Office rejected the claims, saying it worked around the clock to help deliver “the biggest and fastest” emergency evacuation in recent times.