be like rearranging (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

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be like rearranging (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To be ultimately trivial or futile in having the desired effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The prime minister's proposals for overhauling the education system are like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good they will do. You're only applying for arts council funding now, as the department is about to be cut? Geez, that's like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic at this point.
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