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rearrange (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just rearrange deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?
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In this context, the raging identity debates seem superfluous; they are akin to rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
Am I the only one to gain the impression that KirKlees is not so much rearranging the DECKCHAIRS on the Titanic, but is actually purchasing new ones?
GEORGE Osborne's spending review seemed like an exercise in fiddling while Rome burns, rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, putting lipstick on a pig, closing the stable-door after the horse has bolted or any other analogy you'd like to use to describe his tinkering, juggling and shuffling of the country's finances.
For people already drowning under the weight of motoring costs, cutting a penny or two off the price of a litre of fuel will help, but is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic - ultimately futile.
Odd then that when the coalition Government did turn its mind to trees and forests a couple of years ago, its focus was on the ownership and disposition of woodlands and plantations: a classic case of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
Cabinet reshuffles will appear as relevant as rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
England have since shuffled the pack - but that's a bit like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
One persistent critic, Paul Braithwaite, told Your Money: "This is simply rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
moment, is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, and concentrate on the issue of collective
Many may try to escape today's harsh realities for a few more years by using strategies that in the post-millennium period are now akin to rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
But ultimately the jockeying for power in the Labour Party seems like a case of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
Walsall sent on Daryl Taylor, James Constable, and Ishmel Demontagnac but were just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
Streak hinted at changes in his line-up, although that is akin to rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
This is tantamount to rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
In Wales the controversial health-service reforms have been described as rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.