This is a nomination for Bright Green’s Dick of the Year 2011 award from Liz Ely. To submit your own nomination email 200 or so words to editors (at) brightgreenscotland (dot) org. Nominations will close and voting begin at New Year.

Q. Why would you deem it appropriate to ask a Tudor historian to talk aboutyouth uprisings in contemporary Britain?

A. ummm I’m not sure, he’s an old rich white man?

David Starkey had displayed early signs of cockishness back in 2009 when he complained that poor old Henry the 8th was being subjugated because some historians focus on the women he murdered – but it was in 2011 when his dickish nature came to a head on national TV with his notorious ‘whites have become black’ analysis of the youth uprisings this summer. On Newsnight he argued that the cause of the 2011 riots was patois, rap and black culture, as if these things are inherently violent (he’s obviously never watched Rastamouse). Throughout his appearance on Newsnight he makes one objectionable racist comment after another, earning him what I feel is a well deserved nomination for 2011 dick of the year.