Here are the problems that the government should be dealing with at the moment:
1. You do have to tell people what to do, because there are so many stupid people out there who think they know best.
2. You have to draw borders somewhere as it would be impractical to do this at a street by street level.
However the government are creating their own problems.
1. Boris is obsessed with the idea of being popular. Which means he tries to tell people what to do, then rows back on it when he's put under pressure.
2. They can't stick to their own rules. Clearly they decided that a good rule of thumb was to set tiers at a county wide level, this prevents things getting too complicated. However they then get as far as Slough and decide to put Slough in tier 3 and separate it from the rest of Berkshire. So immediately other areas (for example most of Kent) as why they have to be in tier 3 just because some towns within their county have a high infection rate? Or for example boroughs in greater manchester asking why they have to be in tier 3 when Boris Johnson's own constituency is in a borough with a higher infection rate than theirs?
People have suggested that the tiers are being allocated based on how constituancies voted in the last election. This is clearly bollocks as there are plenty Tory MPs kicking off because they are in tier 3.
Others have suggested that it's purely a north south divide. Again bollocks you only have to look at Kent.
I fully support the idea that the tiers need to be allocated over quite wide areas. However if you're going to have that as a rule then it has to apply everywhere. You can't suddenly change the rule to avoid upsetting certain people.
Where I got annoyed though is not on the allocation of tiers geographically. It is in the government's refusal to engage with inconvenient data. According to Boris the tier system before lockdown worked fine. Clearly it didn't otherwise we wouldn't have needed a lockdown. Worse still though is the fact that while it is clear that lockdown has had a positive effect on infection rates across England as a whole, but there are some areas which have bucked the trend. Of course a test and trace system that managed to engage more than 25% of contacts would be a start to understanding why this is the case, but the real problem is that the government and it's agencies and advisors are just treating these areas and inconvenient anomalies rather than trying to work out where their plans are failing and why. Since some of these areas are largely rural the usual reasoning doesn't work.
If they would engage with the failures as well as their successes from either the tier system or lockdown then they might progress much more effectively. However it seems that Boris and Handjob just think blaming Andy Burnham will wash for their failures across the whole country.