to put the cart before the horse
Ahead of the meeting, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt refused to put the cart before the horse, recalling that all 27 nations must first ratify the Lisbon Treaty, which creates the EU top job, and that Prague had not yet done so.
EU seeks to lift last treaty obstacle, look to future by AFP / AFP Global Edition
The council are trying to put the cart before the horse.
Our Tristar options; Your Say by Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
To put social action first is to put the cart before the horse, and if that is where the cart is positioned, the horse will not move and the rider will be frustrated.
Without God by McManaman, Doug / Catholic Insight.