move (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

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move (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 moving 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 move deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?
See also: deckchairs, move, on, titanic
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A short Brexit delay while Prime Minister Theresa May pushes her failed Withdrawal Agreement again and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn connives at a mythical better Brexit is like moving deckchairs on the Titanic - and just as tragic!
He said: "It's moving deckchairs on the Titanic. It's not the solution.
THE Government's plans to overhaul struggling Shannon Airport is like "moving deckchairs on the Titanic", it was claimed yesterday.