The expansion of capital must be continuous and uninterrupted. Commodities – including labour power – must constantly exchange. The ships below are organized to arrive at their destinations at precise times. There are penalties for missing time slots in ports.
The lorries are stuck in border checks and controls. These delays impact directly on the rate of profit. The circulation of commodities is being deliberately slowed down. Less well known, except to the drivers and their families, is the stress, tiredness and overwork this causes.
I met two police officers. I thought they might be checking social distancing and whether groups of people were observing social mixing. But they told me they were from Surrey and had come to help with lorry operations. They had walked up the cliffs to take some photographs.