The latest attack on the Foreign Secretary for daring to take a holiday in August is bizarre given all the more important things we should be talking about.
It emerges he was of course staying in regular touch with the office from holiday. What was wrong with asking a Minister on duty in his department to make a call to an Afghan government Minister that officials wanted? As it turned out that government would prove to both powerless and short lived anyway. You cannot organise contingencies for the collapse of a government by agreeing with the government about to collapse. If the government had been stronger you did not need the contingency plan for its demise.
Postscript. It now emerges the Junior Minister did not make the call. It is not clear if this was because officials could not arrange one anyway or if it was decided it was pointless. Talking to a Minister in a government about to collapse would not have changed the arrangements the UK for rescue.