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Not so much survival of the fittest, more a survival of the richest

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First Minister Arlene Foster, Jonathan Buckley MLA and members of staff join the Clap for Carers at Sandringham Care Home in Portadown back in May.

First Minister Arlene Foster, Jonathan Buckley MLA and members of staff join the Clap for Carers at Sandringham Care Home in Portadown back in May.

First Minister Arlene Foster, Jonathan Buckley MLA and members of staff join the Clap for Carers at Sandringham Care Home in Portadown back in May.

In 1859 a naturalist who went on to become the most famous of them all published his theory of evolution.

And though Charles Darwin takes credit for On the Origin of Species, the phrase often associated with his publication, ‘survival of the fittest’, was actually coined by a contemporary of his, Herbert Spencer.

An economist and sociologist, Herbert used the phrase to align Darwin’s studies to his own work in the field of sociology and ethics.