The much-mocked mantra of the Coalition in recent years has been that "we're all in it together" when it comes to tightening our belts and cutting the nation's deficit in a bid to get the public to accept some painful austerity.
New statistics, though, paint a depressing picture of how ordinary households are suffering, with bills rocketing over the last five years. Energy prices have risen by as much as 61%, according to figures published by the SNP.
Other essentials have also jumped in price, with the cost of petrol up by just over 44% and average food costs rising by 37.5%.
Yet wages have failed to keep pace with inflation, with weekly pay packets up by only around 9% over that time. Those lucky enough to have remained in work during the turbulent economic times have faced wage freezes and pay sacrifices, while "zero-hours" contracts - which offer no guarantee of a pay packet at the end of any week - have become common.
Other published figures show the UK has suffered the fourth-biggest drop in hourly wages across the whole of the EU since 2010, with a decline of 5.5% - more than countries which were plunged into a deeper financial crisis such as Spain and Cyprus.
But there are signs that not everyone is suffering. In April, it was reported that almost £4 billion was paid out in bonuses to bankers, up 82% compared with the year before. Critics pointed out this coincided with the Government's cut in the top rate of tax, from 50p in the pound to 45p in that same month.
So, it is perhaps no surprise that "tax-shaming" has dominated the headlines, with increasing outrage at major corporations who avoid paying their fair share.
The opportunity to think again about how we live, it appears, has not been grasped. Next year's independence debate could provide a key chance to think about how this could be done.
The Jimmy Reid Foundation's Common Weal project, which is exploring ideas for a fairer and wealthier Scotland, is an important example of the type of discussion this nation has to have.
An example of the type of debate needed is the one reported today in the Sunday Herald: where the Foundation questions whether Glasgow's focus on the retail sector as a route to prosperity has instead led to a low-paid, casualised workforce.
Even if it doesn't lead to a "Yes" for an independent Scotland, perhaps such debate will provide crucial thinking for Scotland on what powers it needs to distance itself from the Westminster Coalition, whose pledge that the pain of austerity would be felt by all has an increasingly hollow ring to it.