shut the stable door

shut the stable door

See lock the barn door.
See also: door, shut, stable
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"They've tried to shut the stable door but it's come too late," political analyst Dixon Sing told AFP, adding only an independent inquiry would start to mollify the "extremely high level of anger and injustice" among protesters and the wider public.
"It's a great thing, but it is a little bit like trying to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted," he says.
Better late than never THE Gambling Commission has eventually decided to try to shut the stable door, whereas if action had been taken when the issues first surfaced its job would have been much easier.
IT'S a bit like trying to "put the cat back into the bag" except in this case it's more likely someone is attempting to "shut the stable door after the horse has bolted".
Then of course, organisers tried to shut the stable door to speak, after the horse had bolted.
Rex Phillips, NASUWT Wales organiser, described the release of the full data used to calculate bands as an attempt to shut the stable door after the horse had bolted.
It''s too late to shut the stable door. The horse is half way to Lancashire.
However Mrs McKinnell, Labour MP, said: "This Tory-led Government cannot be allowed to take shortcuts with the NHS, the Labour Government took public health campaigns seriously but Andrew Lansley is highlighting here how he is only able to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted.
Now that the horse of criminality has bolted and is galloping all over the population, the government is likely to shut the stable door, in the shape of a semi-police state on all and sundry in a bid to restore some recognisable social order.
Suddenly, with the horse bolted, Ireland shut the stable door. Kilbane moved into central midfield to offer a helping hand and while defensively Ireland improved, their attacking play remained abysmal.
WHATEVER length of ban the Scottish Football Association impose on Neil Lennon will be no more than slamming shut the stable door after the horse has bolted.
It is time for the council to back the right horse before the city - once again - is left to shut the stable door after it has bolted
Then what, shut the stable door when the horse has bolted?
"Anderson is fine at the moment, but you don't want the horse to have bolted and then try to shut the stable door. All the time when I'm giving guys rest, what I'm trying to do is make sure they're not over-cooked - it's much better for them to be under-cooked."