SIR Bob Geldof has slammed critics of FATHERS FOR JUSTICE who try and discredit the British lobby group by pointing out the former drug habits of its most prominent members.

Geldof is a long-time supporter of Fathers For Justice, who are campaigning to establish the same rights for dads as mothers receive under British law.

The group have shot to notoriety recently by staging a series of daring protests, in which members dress as superheroes and then climb up famous buildings with banners, most notably the residence of monarch QUEEN ELIZABETH II, Buckingham Palace.

But Geldof is appalled that some news agencies aren't sympathetic to their cause.

He says, "I've heard people on telly saying, 'Of course, Spiderman was a drug addict and a burglar.'

"What the f**k has that got to do with whether he's a good dad or not? He could be a great dad.

"But all he can do, pathetically in our society, to flag to his kid he's still thinking of him, is to climb a f**king bridge dressed as Spiderman.

"Well I think that's heroic."

27/05/2005 09:07