closing the stable door after the horse has bolted

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closing/shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted

trying to stop something bad happening when it has already happened and the situation cannot be changed Improving security after a major theft would seem to be a bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
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Depriving nurses of snacks and drinks seems not only petty but shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
TONY BLAIR'S "Respect" agenda is a classic case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
Jail means shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
Jail means shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, and affords the victims of crime little satisfaction - ask yourself which you would prefer: not to be assaulted nor burgled, or to be assaulted or burgled (or worse) and see your assailant/housebreaker deprived of his liberty for a couple of years while you may continue to suffer for life.