In a way, yes it is.
Sure we've been hammered numerous times before, but there is something of a perfect storm at work here.
1997 was bad. Ditto 02/03.
Clearly 2006/07 was horrific. But we had that coming all the way. We were up against one of the greatest teams ever on a very specific and heartfelt revenge mission. Also, I never fancied Flintoff for captain. I felt it was a really dumb and kind of populist move from Fletcher. There was also a couple of really poor decisions re: team selection, that although don't mean much at all in hindsight, at the time grated. Giles in for Monty for the first 2 tests. Playing Jimmy Anderson despite the fact he'd missed all(?) the 06 season with a serious back injury.
Bit this series - we come in as favourites on the back of a admittedly flattering 3-0 victory, and 4 tests in we've taken 3 hammering, one still significant defeat. We've lost 2 very important players to (probable) retirement, including our best spinner for decades. There's a real cloud hanging over our captain. Our coach is staring down the barrel of a gun. None of our players have really performed (not even a Michael Vaughan in 02/03 silver lining). We look dead on our feet. Like that awful Ali-Holmes fight in the early 80s.
And forgive me for saying, but all of this against a distinctly 2nd rate test team.
Can anyone recall worse Ashes for us taking into account all the facts?