nationalism isn't necessarily a negative thing and many people claim to be nationalists or nationalistic. xenophobia is a fear/dislike of foreigners, etc and is clearly a negative thing.
i didn't say or think that you supported everything that they stand for. however, i find some of their views so distasteful that i would take a negative view of someone who could overlook those views because they agree with ukip on other matters.
and by the way, im not criticising party manifestos for not including everything. it is impossible to predict what is going to happen over a 4 or 5 year term in office, so as long as a party doesn't go directly against their manifesto, then they can do what they like. they just have to bear in mind that people haven't voted for them on those grounds, and should be held to account and scrutinised more closely in those instances.
Nationalism is a political movement that considers the nation as an absolute which the citizens should serve and bow to. JFK's quote: "Think of what you can do for the nation before thinking of what the nation can do for you" is typically nationalistic. Conscription is also the ultimate nationalistic act (thanks the French Revolution).
Xenophobia is the fear of foreigners.
It's not the same. Both are negative and none (as far as I know) apply to Farage.
The positive version of nationalism is independentism or sovereignism. Emmanuel Todd (who is a leftwinger but whom I really respect as an intellectual, he's brilliant) even coined the term "nationism" to refer to the belief in the existence of nations and borders.
I support Farage because of the EU exit and strictly for this. If a leftwinger also advocates EU exit, I would support him too. for the moment I see none. The French so-called "nationalists" (FN) are only remotely concerned with Europe. They'd rather keep their populist rants on immigration (which is linked with the EU, but they don't seem to realize this) and on moral values. They are MEP but they're always absent. So actually, they just get their 6000€/months and that's it. For them, the EU is just one topic among others. In my opinion, it should be the KEY topic of an election. Only Farage understood that. He's done a great job at the Euro Parliament.
I mean, let's just imagine General de Gaulle moving to London in June 1940. Many French patriots join him. Would you believe these people saying: "My general, I'd like to fight on your side but before I'd like to ask your opinion on gay marriage or the right for women to vote or should be increase taxes or cut spendings or what do you think of our coal mines near Valenciennes or this or that." Come on !
When I made the comparison between the Nazi regime and the EU here, Jimnik said I was a German nostalgitard who thinks Hitler's ideas were good in theory.
In any case, it's not my fault if Mr Barroso considered the EU as an Empire. He's made that comparison before me. And from viewpoint, it's just the same, we have to fight for independence and popular sovereignty, whoever the enemy might be.
In France, they have François Asselineau. But unfortunately, he isn't media-friendly.
While he's brilliant too. He's some sort of a French Farage. And he's got a gaullist approach to politics, which he's much more socially oriented than Farage's liberalism/libertarianism.