Kids Company CEO and chair's 'terrible display' at select committee stuns onlookers

The founder of defunct charity Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh, and its chair Alan Yentob answered questions during a Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee hearing today, in what was dubbed by one reporter as like a real-life episode of political satire The Thick of It.

Social media users flocked to voice their overwhelmingly negative opinions of Batmanghelidjh and Yentob's performance at the select committee hearing, which was looking into the reasons why Kids Company had folded.

Charity sector commentators were equally scathing, and said they hoped the public mauling would not damage the reputation of the broader sector.

Before the hearing, PR professionals had suggested that the charismatic and colourful Batmanghelidjh would have been wise to "tone it down" and "show some real humility" when answering questions. 

While Batmanghelidjh has been given some media advice by one PR firm in recent weeks, her response to one question from committee chair Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative MP, was seen as particularly ill-judged.

Batmanghelidjh's performance earned little praise.

Jenkin began the event by saying that it should not become a "show trial".

Over the three hour-long hearing, varied and sometimes puzzling information emerged about Kids Company's spending. 

Charity sector professionals watching the hearing couldn't quite believe what they were witnessing:

Both Temple and Wilding said they feared the charity sector as a whole might face a broader backlash.

Nonetheless, journalists have been given plenty to work with by the hearing:

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