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Politicians failed Kids Company

Ministers were right to defend the charity, but they should also have taken responsibility for making it work

By John McTernan  

Children with painted faces during a protest in support of Kids Company near Downing Street today. © AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

The collapse of Kids Company shows a catastrophic failure of political leadership.

Throughout the charity’s life it has been celebrated by government ministers. And rightly so. It has dealt successfully with some very hard-up children and families and it has been a strong advocate of those people. Founder Camila Batmanghelidjh has been central…

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