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recent events in the courtrooms of Florida have dredged up bad memories of a far greater political tragedy, and one that still casts its shadow over American politics-the double assassination of Jack Kennedy in 1963 and Robert Kennedy in 1968.

The assassinations ensured there would no Kennedy dynasty-the fairy story began and ended with two men; one a charismatic world leader, the other his younger brother, Robert, who should have been his successor.

Like many people of my generation in the west, I was drawn into politics by JFK. It is hard to convey to people who have only known…

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