But looking at the claims I fear the imperfection must be in the memory of Ed. It looks to me as if the chap was having his Bahamas moment,
in conversation with Des O'Connor in 1996 that Tony Blair told a yarn about running away from school and smuggling himself aboard a flight to the Bahamas at Newcastle Airport - an anecdote subsequently greeted with blank amazement by Mr Blair's father and the authorities at Newcastle Airport, which has never had a direct flight to the Bahamas.Ed claims to have seen Boycott's 100th century, which was scored at Headingly in August 1977 in an interview with James Forsyth in the Spectator
Given that Ed was 7 ½ at the time I wonder who took him? After all he was a primary schoolboy at the time. I just cannot see his father, the old Polish, Marxist, emigre intellectual trekking up the M1 on the demands of the youthful Ed to watch a day's cricket in Leeds. It just stretches the envelope of believability. His second claim is equally dubious. He can claim that he "bunked off school" to see Boycott at Lords as that test was on the 2-7 of July in 1981. But, but, you see when Forsyth reprised the tale in a later article he added details, no doubt referring back to his recording of the interview,
"he celebrated the end of his GCSEs by going to watch Boycott’s final first-class innings at Lord’s."Well it was certainly Boycott's final Test match at Lords but he was playing first class cricket there until 1986, but we can forgive the adoring fan Ed that mistake, but...
I know that Ed was a bright boy, but was he really celebrating his GCSE's when he was 11 ½? In his second term at Haverlock Comprehensive? No.
The whole 'I love cricket and Boycott' schtik stinks from start to finish, capped off by his rejection of an invitation to Test Match Special recently. I think that he has been inventing his past. Boycott is still very popular in his old fastness of South Yorkshire. And Milliband desperately needs working class credibility in Doncaster.
As pointed out by Jim in the comments and as I recognised here last night I suspect I might be entirely unfair about this. Damn that I don't have a Wisden.