AS A politician (or journalist), you quickly learn that every day is national ‘something’ day.

Many of these are frankly ridiculous, but presumably someone makes a living from sending out press releases to parliamentarians asking them to mark National Chip Day (yes, really) or the like.

The parliamentary equivalent is the parliamentary motion.

MSPs can put these down to recognise important local achievements, they are published in the daily business bulletin, and other MSPs add their name in support.

Some of them, if they achieve cross party support, will be debated in parliament.

Like national ‘days’ these motions can be devalued by overuse – which some of my colleagues are guilty of – but I do use them to give credit where credit is due.

In these times of crisis, giving credit where it’s due has never been more important.

Recent weeks have seen International Nurses’ Day, Firefighters’ Memorial Day, Postal Workers’ Day and Bus & Coach Worker Support Day.

I have taken care to acknowledge and mark each one of those, on social media, and in signing parliamentary motions supporting them.

Of course, every Thursday is NHS and Care Workers’ Day, when the country says thank you on our doorsteps.

But these other national days remind us that a wide range of workers from bus drivers to bin collectors, to teachers in the school ‘hubs’ are risking their own health to keep things going.

None more so, of course, than supermarket and other shop staff, which is why I am supporting my colleague Daniel Johnson’s Member’s Bill to protect shop workers from abuse at work.

If these key workers do have something in common, it is that they are mostly unappreciated and poorly paid in normal times. Now that we see how vital their work is to us, there is really no excuse for letting that injustice persist, hence the growing campaign, which I back, to see key workers receive a £2 per hour pay increase.

To see these workers valued properly would be a positive legacy of this dreadful crisis.