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Election game will be won in the centre and Coveney has been handed the ball

Leo Varadkar's policies move to the right, so may not go down well with the public and leave his leadership rival with it all to play for

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'Coveney made a bid for the centre ground.' Photo: Reuters

'Coveney made a bid for the centre ground.' Photo: Reuters

'Coveney made a bid for the centre ground.' Photo: Reuters

There's a phenomenon in sport: that when you streak into a lead, the size of that lead can play on your mind. It's usually aggressive play that establishes the leader of the pack - but once established, there's often a switch in mindset.

Now the team, or the player, starts to think about protecting their lead. They change how they play. They might even see their lead falter - and that can cause them to panic, sometimes ultimately losing the match itself.


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