I haven't finished writing about Mirrlees yet. But perhaps the most notable comment of the day came up during a question-and-answer session when one of panel of Mirrlees editors said (and I think I quote verbatim, but it is from memory):
The poor are so disorganised when providing for their pensions
Now of course, that could have been said ironically. But there was no hint that it was. It seemed to be delivered with a considerable element of surprise in the commentators voice, and maybe not a little disdain for their inefficiency. That the poor might be so disorganised in providing for their pensions is a consequence of the fact that at the end of each week they have nothing left over to save seemed to be beyond the comprehension of the entire Mirrlees team.
It was sickening to listen to.