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Home working left Britons at Taliban's mercy in Afghanistan, Ministers claim

Added 10-10-21 06:36:07pm EST - “The 'work from home' culture in Whitehall left Britons at the mercy of the Taliban in Afghanistan, senior Cabinet Ministers have told The Mail on Sunday.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Home working left Britons at Taliban's mercy”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The 'work from home' culture in Whitehall left Britons at the mercy of the Taliban in Afghanistan, senior Cabinet Ministers have told The Mail on Sunday.

Civil servants away from their desks could not read vital documents about UK citizens trying to flee the murderous regime, hampering their escape.

'People were left to the Taliban who could have been saved,' the Minister said, adding that the Government had 'lost a week' in the rescue mission because of the 'culture of absenteeism' in Whitehall.

The UK failed to airlift hundreds of Britons out of Afghanistan before Western troops withdrew on August 28. Vital time was lost in Britain because sensitive documents can only be read in Government offices for security reasons – but as many as four out of five officials were working from home.

The revelation comes after Boris Johnson last week urged workers to get back to the office or risk being 'gossiped about'.

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