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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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rearrange the ˌdeckchairs on the Tiˈtanic

if something is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, it is an activity that is not worth doing because it cannot improve the situation: None of the staff believe that the new system will improve anything. It’s simply a case of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.This expression refers to the famous ship that sank after hitting an iceberg on its first voyage.
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And Stuart Fegan, national officer at the GMB union, branded the cuts "rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic".
But right now it looks more like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
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Committee chairman Lynne Caffrey said making it easier to access services, without increasing the number of services was like "rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic".
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?
"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.
It needs radical surgery - not the educational equivalent 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.
moment, is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, and concentrate on the issue of collective
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.
"Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic will do nothing to alter the impression that the ship has lost its way."