be like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic

be like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic

  (British & Australian humorous)
if an activity is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, it it will have no effect
Usage notes: The Titanic was a large ship that sank suddenly in 1912 with most of its passengers.
With unemployment at record levels, plans for better advertising of job vacancies are a bit like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
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Simply moving around the ones working in hospitals at the moment would be like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
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