Alastair Campbell fired off some memorable quotes in his days in Downing Street - and had some barbed wits aimed at him.
Here is a selection.
"What we don't do is sit around wallowing and navel-gazing. What you do is
come out fighting and make your case." After Mr Blair's humiliation at the
hands of the Women's Institute.
"The media are obsessed with spin doctors and with portraying them as a
bad thing, yet seem addicted to our medicine."
"I simply say, in relation to the BBC story, it is a lie ... that is
continually repeated, and until we get an apology for it I will keep making sure
that Parliament and people like yourselves know that it was a lie." Appearing
before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
"There is something in me that makes me see things through. You don't
bloody ditch and dump."
"The day of the daredevil reporter who refuses to see obstacles to getting
the truth, and seeing it with his or her own eyes, seems to have died."
Criticising the reporting of the Kosovo conflict.
"We don't do God. I'm sorry. We don't do God." When asked about Mr
Blair's religious views.
"The prime minister is not a gay gangster." Responding to attacks by
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.
"What becomes very clear the longer you go is that Labour councils look
after the paving stones better than the Tory councils." While training for the
"I don't want to make a complete prat of myself." before the same race.
"He was fun to the last. I know I should never have liked him, but I did.
I know I shouldn't miss him, but I will." On the late Tory MP Alan Clark.
"You great quivering jelly of indecision." Tory MP Boris Johnson.
"Don't worry. He's a reformed drunk." - The prime minister, explaining to
Russian President Putin why teetotaller Campbell was refusing drinks.
"I hope you redeem yourself with other sins." - Putin to Campbell.