Will Smith and Chuka Umunna dance to Fresh Prince of Bel Air

The Big Question: how are these children old enough to remember the theme tune?

This is a distinct improvement on George Osborne skipping, isn't it? Earlier today, the actor Will Smith visited a Brixton school and led the pupils in a rousing rendition of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tune. 

He posted a video on his Facebook page here, noting: "I want to send a shout out to all my peeps in Brixton... Chuka Umunna, Tessa Jowell, headteacher Lesley Morrison and everybody at the St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls!"

Below is the theme tune singalong.

Full marks here go to Labour's business spokesman Chuka Umunna, who managed to bop along without looking utterly excruciating. Tessa Jowell was also on the visit (see below) but alas, does not seem to feature in this particular clip. 

(Photo from Tessa Jowell/Twitter)

One question remains: how are these children old enough to remember the Fresh Prince?

Chuka Umunna and Will Smith. Photo: @ChukaUmunna

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.

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The big problem for the NHS? Local government cuts

Even a U-Turn on planned cuts to the service itself will still leave the NHS under heavy pressure. 

38Degrees has uncovered a series of grisly plans for the NHS over the coming years. Among the highlights: severe cuts to frontline services at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, including but limited to the closure of its Accident and Emergency department. Elsewhere, one of three hospitals in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are to be shuttered, while there will be cuts to acute services in Suffolk and North East Essex.

These cuts come despite an additional £8bn annual cash injection into the NHS, characterised as the bare minimum needed by Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England.

The cuts are outlined in draft sustainability and transformation plans (STP) that will be approved in October before kicking off a period of wider consultation.

The problem for the NHS is twofold: although its funding remains ringfenced, healthcare inflation means that in reality, the health service requires above-inflation increases to stand still. But the second, bigger problem aren’t cuts to the NHS but to the rest of government spending, particularly local government cuts.

That has seen more pressure on hospital beds as outpatients who require further non-emergency care have nowhere to go, increasing lifestyle problems as cash-strapped councils either close or increase prices at subsidised local authority gyms, build on green space to make the best out of Britain’s booming property market, and cut other corners to manage the growing backlog of devolved cuts.

All of which means even a bigger supply of cash for the NHS than the £8bn promised at the last election – even the bonanza pledged by Vote Leave in the referendum, in fact – will still find itself disappearing down the cracks left by cuts elsewhere. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.